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Anton Ferdinand refuses to shake as fair play ritual becomes a farce

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Former England and Cheslea legend, Ray Wilkins today called for a change in the fair play ritual that sees players shake hands before every Premier League game. Wilkins, talking on TalkSport suggested players should be expected to shake hands AFTER a hard fough game not before.

The Premier League must be scratching their heads as yet again the spectacle of top players deliberately avoiding shaking hands came to the fore at Loftus Road. As expected, Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with Ashley Cole and John Terry before the draw between QPR and Chelsea.

This the result of the bitter fued between Ferdinad and Terry which saw the later cleared of racial abuse agains Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last year. Terry, who still faces an FA Hearing was cleared by a court in July of any offence. Cole, who acted as a witness for Terry was also blanked by Ferdinand.

At one stage the whole QPR squad had threatened to avoid Terry and Cole's hands before the game but this didn't materialise.

The managers of both sides, Mark Hughes and Roberto Di Matteo, had missed the handshakes.

"I was walking down the tunnel with Roberto," said QPR boss Hughes.

"Our focus was on the game. I brought it up at the Premier League managers' meeting saying I didn't think it needed to be there anyway and maybe we will look at it again."

Chelsea manager Di Matteo added: "Everybody focused on the football and, of course, there would be high emotion, but both sets of players played very professionally.

"As far as we are concerned, our players offered it and if the other player doesn't want to receive it, then we move on."

The Premier League issued a statement this week, insisting players from both sides would follow the pre-match convention of shaking hands.

That tradition had been abandoned prior to the previous two encounters between the teams.

Wilkins may be in a minority though, and given the number of Premier League games a season the fact that only the QPR v Chelsea games and Manchester United and Liverpool's games last season have come under such scrutiny suggests by and large the ritual works.

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