QPR manager Mark Hughes has strongly hinted that he believes the pre-match handshake should be abandoned.
The ritual will become the centre of attention when QPR host Chelsea on Saturday in the first meeting between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry since the England defender's race trial in July. Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October, but remains the subject of a Football Association investigation.
Ferdinand is expected to reject a handshake from Terry, ensuring all eyes will be locked upon them moments before kick-off. "The handshake is part of the Respect campaign and we all fully support that. It's done fantastic work and is to be commended," Hughes said. "But maybe this part of showing respect is fundamentally flawed."
He added: "Should there be a discussion in terms of how we show respect? Is this the best way to do that?
"It's open to debate and that's why I was asking about it at the Premier League meeting. Maybe after the match would be better.