Video: Anton Ferdinand doesn’t shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole (QPR 0-0 Chelsea)
It was the worst possible set of circumstances: a handshake stand-off between Anton Ferdinand, John Terry and Ashley Cole, coupled with a lack of goals to take the attention away from it.
Loftus Road might not seem like the natural setting for a philosophical debate about whether respect should be earned or whether it’s a basic human right, whether alleged racism trumps respect and whether anyone actually cares whether too men who don’t like each other – regardless of the reasons – should be expected to shake hands before a game of football. Alas, it turns out we all do.
So, perhaps the next initiative will be the Forgiveness campaign. We’ve had Let’s Kick Racism Out Of Football and we’ve had Respect. Do we need a new campaign that stops alleged racists/victims of racism being snubbed during pre-match handshakes?
Or we could just ditch the handshakes completely.