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Saturday, September 15, 2012
QPR manager Mark Hughes has strongly hinted that he believes the pre-match handshake should be abandoned ahead of Rangers’ clash with Chelsea today.
QPR players are expected to snub Chelsea’s John Terry today after the Blues captain was accused of racially abusing QPR’s Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road last season.
Terry was found not guilty but remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over charges that he denies.
“The handshake is part of the Respect campaign and we all fully support that. It’s done fantastic work and is to be commended,” Hughes said.
“But maybe this part of showing respect is fundamentally flawed.
“Should there be a discussion in terms of how we show respect? Is this the best way to do that?
“It’s open to debate and that’s why I was asking about it at the Premier League meeting.
“Maybe after the match would be better.
“For our FA Cup match with Chelsea in January we didn’t do it and that helped the situation.
“I’ve never considered leaving Anton out because of the handshake.
“I’m picking people on their ability and I don’t sense it’s affecting him.
“If I thought for one moment he was struggling to deal with it, I’d make that decision.”