Ferdinand to snub Terry handshake

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Chelsea and England soccer captain John Terry will go on trial in July after he pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to racially abusing opponent Anton Ferdinand.

John Terry is facing further embarrassment this weekend with Anton Ferdinand ready to snub his offer of a handshake.

Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a clash that will resurrect the long-running race row between the pair.

Terry will face criminal charges over allegations he racially abused Ferdinand in a Premier League clash on October 23. The court case has been adjourned until July 9.

Sportsmail understands Ferdinand will refuse to shake Terry’s hand during the pre-game ceremony after taking advice from lawyers and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Ferdinand is aware that refusing to shake Terry’s hand, or vice versa, could prove prejudicial to the forthcoming proceedings.

Ferdinand’s decision leaves Terry with yet more to mull over following his sending off in Barcelona on Tuesday.

Sportsmail can reveal that QPR officials contacted the Premier League last week to request the handshake be scrapped for the clash.

However, the request was rejected and League officials insisted on the handshake going ahead as normal. – Daily Mail


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