Hughes will let QPR’s Ferdinand decide over Terry handshake

QPR boss Mark Hughes said it was entirely Anton Ferdinand's decision whether to snub Chelsea’s John Terry during the pre-match handshake prior to Saturday's west London derby at Loftus Road.

QPR boss Mark Hughes said it was entirely Anton Ferdinand's decision whether to snub Chelsea’s John Terry during the pre-match handshake prior to Saturday's west London derby at Loftus Road.

Terry has been charged with racially abusing his fellow defender, a charge the England captain denies.

Hughes said on Friday: "If he feels it is not appropriate, that has to be his own decision. It won't be influenced by myself or the club."

Hughes added: "Anton is very clear in his mind, as I am, that irrespective of what surrounds the game, and the speculation and conversations, that he is fit, he is well and able to play."

Hughes played down reports Ferdinand had spent £30,000 on personal security to ensure a trouble-free journey to Loftus Road.

He joked: "We're actually in a hotel and travelling to the ground by coach so it is 30 grand he didn't have to spend."

 

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