Posted: Thursday April 26, 2012 5:43PM ; Updated: Thursday April 26, 2012 5:43PM

Terry racism trial sees match handshakes scrapped

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LONDON (AP) -- The English Premier League has been forced to scrap team handshakes before Sunday's match between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers due to John Terry's pending racism trial.

The Chelsea captain is accused of racially insulting QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, who is black, during their Premier League game in October.

The league wanted to retain the traditional pre-match handshakes on Sunday and said in "all normal circumstances it must be observed."

But the league said in a statement on Thursday that "after discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday's match."

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