After the Olympics and Paralympics, the FA’s is seeking a little more decorum in their sport, yet the racism sage between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand continues when Chelsea met QPR last Saturday. Roberto Di Matteo had pleaded with Chelsea and QPR players to ‘put history behind them’ and shake hands. Yet, Anton Ferdinand refused to shake the hand of John Terry before the match at Loftus Road last Saturday. The defender also refused to shake the hand of Ashley Cole, who appeared as a character witness at John Terry’s trial earlier this year. Meanwhile Ferdinand’s manager Mark Hughes had argued that the handshake protocol was “fundamentally flawed”.
Terry was cleared of using a racial slur against Ferdinand at the trial, but is still being investigated by the FA. The FA hearing into the incidents is due to start on 24th September 2012.