Gary Cahill believes that Chelsea captain John Terry won’t mind his reunion with Rio Ferdinand if the pair face each other on Sunday, reports the Daily Express.
The pair played together at international level until Terry was accused of racially abusing the former Manchester United man’s brother Anton back in 2011. With Rio now playing for QPR, if both were to be picked on the weekend then it will be the first time that they have faced each other since the incident.
The Blues man was acquitted in a criminal trial of the accusations, but an FA tribunal still found him guilty and fined him £220,000 as well as giving him a four match ban. In his autobiography last September the former Red Devils defender described his counterpart as “the biggest idiot” for his actions.
However, Cahill thinks his skipper will be fine, saying: “John has been through lots in his career – so many good times, winning trophies and so on, and bad times like any player at the highest level. He is obviously thick-skinned and that’s why I say it won’t affect him and it won’t affect us.
“The main focus for them [QPR] is that they are fighting for their lives to stay in the League, which would be dangerous for us because any team fighting for their lives is willing to do whatever it takes to win, and we are away.”
With Ferdinand having only played 11 times in the Premier League this season, the situation may not even occur.