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Cardiff boss Mackay calls for scrapping of pre-match handshake

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay believes the pre-match handshake is causing more trouble than is warranted and should be ended. Liverpool's Luis Suarez apologised after refusing to shake hands with Manchester United's Patrice Evra on Saturday.

"I would [scrap it] if it was me because you now look at the trouble it causes," he said.

"There's certainly things that are said and they're wrong.

"But at the end of the day for a handshake being the centre of attention in the news, I'm not sure that's too right.

"Maybe the [football] authorities have brought this upon themselves and it's brought it into the public eye."

The Football Association insisted it has no intention of abandoning handshakes before matches despite the Old Trafford incident.

"It's only been brought in the last couple of years," said Mackay, speaking at the official opening of Cardiff's City's new Academy building at the University of Glamorgan's Sports Park in Treforest.

"It was certainly something that never happened when I was playing. You shook hands at the end with the players you wanted to.

"If you didn't want to shake hands with someone at the end of the game, you didn't.

"I think they [should] go back [to] coming out and going [to] their separate ends and if people want to shake hands at the end they do so."

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