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  • on 24.01.2012
  • at 08:25 PM
  • by KT

Anton Ferdinand 13/8 NOT to shake John Terry’s hand

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand is 13/8 with Paddy Power to avoid the traditional pre-match handshake with John Terry when the two sides meet in this weekend’s FA Cup 4th Round clash.

The game at Loftus Road will be the first time the 2 have met since the Chelsea and England captain was charged following the incident in October and the game comes just 4 days before Terry makes his long-awaited court appearance.

The 31-year-old is set to face trail at West London Magistrates over the alleged racist comments made towards Ferdinand during their clash at Loftus Road; a game in which QPR ran out 1-0 winners.

QPR are keen to avoid a volatile atmosphere if at all possible, even drafting in extra police and stewards just in case things turn ugly in the capital.

The club confirmed earlier today that they have urged the former Sunderland man not to avoid the pre-match handshake and Paddy Power are offering 4/9 for the two to do so.

Should the 26-year-old fail to meet his club’s requests, it would not be the first time Terry has come across such an incident, with former team-mate Wayne Bridge famously avoiding a handshake back in February 2010.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted there is “no temptation” to leave Terry out of the tie, while new QPR boss Mark Hughes stated he has “no reason” to consider leaving out his defender either.

The game has been moved to a noon kick-off, despite not being a televised fixture, following Police advice.

Anton Ferdinand/ John Terry Handshake (Paddy Power):
Yes – 4/9
No – 13/8

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