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(Another) Handshake-gate: Terry snubs FA chairman

Maybe he’s just very, very hygiene conscious.

Image: Alastair Grant/AP/Press Association Images

JOHN TERRY HAS admitted he snubbed Football Association chairman David Bernstein’s attempt to shake hands during the official Champions League trophy handover on Friday.

Terry ignored Bernstein in a show of contempt for the man who stripped the Chelsea defender of the England captaincy after he was accused of racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last season.

Bernstein’s decision provoked then England coach Fabio Capello to resign in protest.

Terry is also unhappy with the FA chairman’s comments about him during the court case into the racism claims.

Terry was cleared of racist abuse in court, but was later banned for four matches by the FA for the same offence.

Asked by Sky Sports News if he shook Bernstein’s hand during the ceremony to return the European trophy Chelsea won last season, Terry replied:

“No. It’s a difficult one for me – he went and spoke about me in the court case.”

Bernstein insisted he was unaware of the Chelsea captain’s snub.

“I didn’t notice anything,” said Bernstein, who will stand down from his role with the FA in July.

“My relationships with everyone here are really fantastic. I didn’t notice a thing and I think we should talk about more positive things than that sort of nonsense.”

Asked about Terry’s obvious dislike for him, Bernstein admitted they were “a little distant”.

Besties last year. Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

“I’m not really terribly concerned,” he added. “I have other things to think about. In my last three months, I have other priorities.”

- © AFP, 2013

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