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John Terry in new handshake row as Chelsea captain snubs FA chairman

Terry refused to shake hands with FA chairman. (©GettyImages)
Terry refused to shake hands with FA chairman. (©GettyImages).

John Terry has refused to shake hands with the outgoing Football Association chairman David Bernstein at the Champions League handover ceremony in central London.

After the event, the Chelsea captain told Sky Sports that he had evaded the hand of the man who effectively ended his England career while Terry awaited trial on accusations of racial abuse by Anton Ferdinand after a QPR match in October 2011.

He is also unhappy about Bernstein's actions following the court case where he was found not guilty, though later banned for four matches by the FA.

"It's a difficult one for me," Terry told reporters. "He went and spoke about me in the court case."

Last September, before the disciplinary hearing which led to his suspension started, the defender quit international football and accused English football's governing body of making his position "untenable."

The player is no stranger to handshake controversy, after the Premier League cancelled the pre-match ritual to divert attention from his fall-out with Ferdinand and, in 2010, when he was snubbed by former team-mate Wayne Bridge amid allegations of an affair. 

Meanwhile, Bernstein did shake hands with Terry's Chelsea colleagues Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and Petr Cech, whilst admitting that his relationship with Terry remains "a little distant".

"I'm not really terribly concerned. I have other things to think about. In my last three months I have other priorities." said Bernstein, who replaced Lord Triesman two-and-a-half years ago. He reaches his organisation's mandatory retirement age in July and is due to step down in the coming months.

 

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