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Hughes to leave handshake choice to Ferdinand

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LONDON (AP) -Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes says it's up to Anton Ferdinand to decide whether to shake hands with Chelsea defender John Terry before Saturday's Premier League match.

It will be the first meeting of the two players since Terry was cleared in court in July of racially abusing Ferdinand in a league match last year.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said Terry will offer his hand to Ferdinand in the traditional pre-match ritual between teams.

But Hughes says that, as far as Ferdinand and his teammates are concerned, "everybody has a mind of their own and will make a personal decision."

Hughes says that if the Premier League wants the handshake ritual to go ahead, it "isn't a problem."

The handshakes were scrapped twice for Chelsea-QPR matches last season on legal advice.

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