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Chelsea to go ahead with pre-match handshake against QPR

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed John Terry and Ashley Cole are available for selection against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend and will respect the pre-match handshake. Anton Ferdinand has privately indicated he will not shake Terry's hand before the game but the clubs remain in talks.

In July, the Chelsea skipper was acquitted of racially abusing the QPR man in last year's corresponding match.

"We'll go ahead with it, yes" Di Matteo said. "We will respect the rules."

Ferdinand is also understood to be considering avoiding Cole in any pre-match line-up after the Blues defender testified as a character witness for Terry during the trial in July.

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