Chelsea is reportedly in negotiations with West London rival Queens Park Rangers over protocol for pregame matters, including the obligatory handshake between all team members, in the wake of Chelsea defender John Terry's racial abuse trial over a heated exchange he had last season with QPR's Anton Ferdinand, who is black.
The two teams meet Saturday in an English Premier League game. Chelsea is currently atop the EPL standings with three consecutive wins to open the season. QPR is near the bottom of the 20-team standings with only one point for a draw, but it did defeat Chelsea, 1-0, in an FA Cup game earlier this year.
Terry, who is white, was acquitted of the racial abuse charge stemming from the onfield argument. Chelsea teammate and fellow defender Ashley Cole, who is black, testified on his behalf, contributing to the drama that might unfold Saturday, when Ferdinand could snub his opponents by refusing to shake hands.
It wouldn't be the first time a high-profile player has snubbed an EPL foe during pregame handshakes: Luis Suarez of Liverpool refused the hand of Manchester United's Patrice Evra before a game last February.