Premier League news

Handshakes to take place

September 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

The Premier League has confirmed that pre-match handshakes will take place between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Chelsea v QPR FA CUp tunnel walk
GettyImagesThe FA abandoned the pre-match handshake when Chelsea and QPR met in the FA Cup in January

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A statement on the Premier League website said: "There has been dialogue between the Premier League, Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea in relation to tomorrow's (Saturday) match between the two clubs.

"All parties understand and acknowledge that the pre-match handshake will go ahead as part of the normal pre-match activity."

There was lengthy debate over the pre-match ritual, with John Terry and Anton Ferdinand set to line up on opposing sides.

The two players were involved in a controversial incident during the corresponding fixture last season when Terry was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand. Terry was ultimately found not guilty of the allegation.

Chelsea went on to face QPR twice more in the campaign, with the handshakes cancelled on both occasions, leading many to conclude that would be the outcome once more, but the Premier League has decided to reinstate the practice.

Despite the ruling, it is unsure whether the individuals will shake hands, after Mark Hughes said: "I've had a discussion with Anton about it but that will remain between us.

The Welshman's counterpart at Stamford Bridge, Roberto Di Matteo, seemed more positive on the matter.

"We'll go ahead with it, yes." the Italian explained.