EXCLUSIVE: Anton Ferdinand set to snub John Terry's handshake
Published 22:30 24/01/12 By Darren Lewis and Martin Lipton
Anton Ferdinand is set to snub John Terry’s handshake this weekend ahead of QPR’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea.
The Rangers defender, 26, has told friends there is no change from his position in the aftermath of the October clash in which Terry is alleged to have called him a “******* black ****”.
Terry, who denies wrongdoing, has been charged by the FA with using racist language and will appear in court on Feb 1 on similar charges.
The PFA have already tried and failed to get the two players to resolve their issues with the Ferdinand camp uninterested.
Saturday’s snub is set to echo that of Terry’s former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge, who refused to acknowledge the England captain after it emerged he had had a relationship with Bridge’s ex-partner.
QPR made it clear yesterday that they want Ferdinand to ease tensions ahead of the incendiary clash this weekend by publicly burying the hatchet with Terry.
But Ferdinand was left bemused by the club’s stance as his camp maintained he had not been approached over the issue beforehand.
And today Ferdinand will come under more pressure when Chelsea and QPR issue a joint statement urging fans to respect ‘the game’.
Blues chairman Bruce Buck and Rangers owner Tony Fernandes were last night putting the finishing touches to the unprecedented joint statement.
It is understood the clubs will encourage both sets of fans to support their teams in the spirit of an FA Cup tie and a West London derby.
Both clubs want to remind their fans that the match should be about the things that make them proud of being supporters and that the passion of the occasion should be enjoyed.
The move comes with the FA and the League Managers Association having already made private overtures to both clubs - and Liverpool and Manchester United - to ensure there are no inflammatory comments made in the build-up to the two games.
Chelsea had to make a public apology when some travelling fans made anti-Ferdinand chants during the Champions League game at Genk while the club have acted after claims of similar and racist abuse from supporters travelling back from Saturday’s goalless draw at Norwich.