Ferdinand, the QPR defender, faced Terry for the first time since the Chelsea captain's acquittal in July for racially abusing him in the corresponding Premier League fixture last season. Cole had given evidence on Terry's behalf at the trial. It had been widely predicated that Ferdinand would not shake the hand of either Chelsea player, given the depths of the animosity, and so there was nothing revelatory or dramatic when he did not do so.
The surprise was the sight of Park Ji-sung, the QPR captain, walking past Terry without a handshake and then electing again not to shake with him at the coin toss. Park, who played with Rio Ferdinand, Anton's older brother, at Manchester United, was the only other player to ignore Terry. "It was a personal decision [whether to shake hands] for each player," Hughes said. The QPR manager was frustrated to have to address the topic again – he had been questioned about it at his pre-match press conference – and he made it clear that he wanted the routine to stop.
"This element of the Respect campaign is something that causes more problems than it solves and I don't think that was the intention when it was introduced," Hughes said. "Should the handshakes carry on? I hope not. The game was important today and thankfully, it was played in good spirit."
The Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo, said nothing about the handshakes, his complaint was that Terry should have had a penalty after he was wrestled down by Ryan Nelsen. "It was a stonewall penalty," he said. Di Matteo did not say whether he felt the furore over Terry had influenced the decision by the referee, Andre Marriner.
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