Andre Villas-Boas today said it was “extremely important” that Anton Ferdinand accepts John Terry’s handshake offer at Loftus Road tomorrow.
Chelsea boss Villas-Boas confirmed Terry will start in the first meeting between the two clubs since the October 23 clash that resulted in the England skipper facing allegations of racially insulting the QPR defender.
“The handshake is extremely important. Extremely important” AVB said. “The players should shake hands. I think the players will stand up to their examples and do it. I don’t think John has any distractions. I have no doubts with him. He’s played magnificently well and is committed to the team, and those are the signs we need.”
Asked if he had spoken to Terry specifically this week during the training break in Mallorca, Villas-Boas added:
“No, not at all. I have to count on the player, and the player is fit and available for the game. I think it’s important they shake hands. This game is based on good values more than anything else. These two players should continue to promote those good values. It’ll be a big moment before the kick-off. Everybody has been having conversations, from the top to the players to the manager, and hopefully we won’t see anything about that situation. I think someone in the club has spoken to Terry. I won’t talk to the players. Not at all. Loftus Road is a venue of great passion, but there are responsibilities in every game for the players. The environment was outstanding the last time we played there at Loftus Road, so I expect it to be the same.”
Do you think that they will shake hands before the game or will we have another Terry/Wayne Bridge moment?