Apr 26 2012 By Matt Lewis
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THERE will be no pre-match handshake before Sunday's West London derby due to the legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.
Chelsea skipper Terry (pictured) has been charged with racially abusing QPR defender Ferdinand in a league game in October.
The 31-year-old Blues captain denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name when his case is heard in court this July.
With tensions running high, the Premier League have taken action to suspend the pre-match routine, just as the Football Association did prior to January’s FA Cup clash between the two sides.
“The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent. In all normal circumstances it must be observed,” said a Premier League statement.
“However, after discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday's match.”
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