The Premier League have reiterated their intention to press ahead with the traditional pre-match handshakes as Anton Ferdinand prepares to play at Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since Chelsea captain John Terry was accused of racially abusing him during the reverse fixture last October.

The players came up against each other in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Loftus Road in January, when in a bid to dilute the tension the Football Association gave permission for the teams not to partake in the handshake, amid uncertainty as to whether Rangers defender Ferdinand would snub Terry.

But the Premier League insist there are no plans to drop the handshake at Sunday's game, and have not had a request from either QPR or Chelsea to do so.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2012, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: