Anton Ferdinand and John Terry will come face to face for the first time since October in the Premier League after Terry was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand back in October.
The Premier League has insisted that the routine handshake between the two sides will go ahead this week end despite the FA cancelling the ritual when the two sides met in the FA cup. The Queens Park Rangers players are having a meeting with manager Mark Hughes tomorrow to discuss whether or not the rest of the team should shake the Chelsea captain’s hand. Ferdinand has been discussing the matter with his lawyers about whether rejecting Terry’s hand would prejudice the Chelsea captain’s forthcoming trial. It is expected that Hughes will express the team’s decision at the pre match press conference in the coming days.
Terry denies the charges of racially abusing Ferdinand and has said he will fight “tooth and nail” to clear his name. It is rumoured that older brother and England international team mate of Terry, Rio Ferdinand has fallen out with Terry and they are no longer friends. The past number of seasons has been turbulent ones for the Chelsea skipper with drama and controversy following him.
Two seasons ago Wayne Bridge rejected Terry’s handshake after it came out that he had an affair with his former team mate’s wife. Then came his racism charge which will go to the courts on July 9 this year. He was stripped of the England captaincy and recently his sending off against Barcelona that will suspend him from playing in the Champions League final. It has become an era in Terry’s life that he will want to forget.