Posted April 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
The English Premier League has been forced to scrap team handshakes before Sunday's match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers due to John Terry's pending racism trial. The Chelsea captain is accused of racially insulting QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, who is black, during their Premier League game in October. Terry faces a criminal trial in July from the incident that led to him being stripped of the England captaincy ahead of the European Championship. Ferdinand was spared having to decide whether to shake Terry's hand before an FA Cup match in January after the Football Association allowed the sides to forgo the ritual. The EPL wanted to retain the pre-match handshakes on Sunday and stressed that in ''all normal circumstances it must be observed.'' But legal advice led to the greetings being scrapped for the match at Stamford Bridge. ''After discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and An...
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