Chelsea v QPR handshakes cancelled, Mark Hughes’ lifetime ambition fulfilled
Serial handshake dodger Mark Hughes is set to reach the pinnacle of his career this Sunday after his entire QPR squad was given permission to snub handshakes with Chelsea.
The Premier League has confirmed that the usual handshake rituals will be scrapped due to the impending legal case involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.
But a Premier League statement went on to explain that the decision was being made because Ferdinand’s lawyer had raised concerns about a handshake prejudicing the trial, and not purely because relations between the two players were poor.
The statement said: “The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent. In all normal circumstances it must be observed.
“However, after discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday’s match.”
Chelsea captain Terry is charged with racially abusing QPR’s Ferdinand. His court case starts on 9 July.
R’s boss Hughes is no stranger to ditching the customary handshakes, even with Premier League say so. See some of his best handshake moments here.