EXCLUSIVE: QPR team 'may ALL refuse Terry handshake'
Published 00:01 28/01/12 By Darren Lewis
QPR players are considering a snub to John Terry by all refusing to shake his hand ahead of today’s FA Cup tie.
The squad are understood to have spoken among themselves and will take a final decision today as to whether to go forward with the gesture of support for Anton Ferdinand, following the race-row clash between the pair in October.
Ferdinand, upset after receiving hate-mail said to contain gun ammunition yesterday, has told boss Mark Hughes that he wants to play against Chelsea in the noon kick-off at Loftus Road and has the full support of his colleagues.
And despite calls from Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas for Ferdinand to offer his hand, Ferdinand is determined to stand his ground.
The discussion among his teammates came on a day when the suspicious package - and subsequent abuse on his Facebook page - left Ferdinand upset.
PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes said: “This takes the beautiful game to a very ugly place.
“I can’t say I’m suprised but I’m still disappointed that this is happening in this day and age.
“This is the sort of thing black players had to put up with years ago but I thought those days had long gone.
“No true Chelsea fan or football fan would condone this sort of behaviour. This is the sort of incident where racists believe they can express their feelings.
“I don’t feel they can and should be grouped with true Chelsea or football supporters.”
QPR manager Hughes said that “It’s a personal decision” for Ferdinand but Villas-Boas put the onus on Ferdinand to accept Terry’s handshake offer.
Ferdinand and Terry are set to come face to face for the first time since the October 23 match which resulted in the Chelsea skipper facing charges of racially insulting the QPR defender.
Terry is due to be arraigned at West London Magistrates on Wednesday.