Chelsea and QPR hold talks over pre-match handshake

Chelsea and QPR hold talks over pre-match handshake in derby

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21:30 GMT, 23 April 2012

Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers will hold talks this week regarding the potentially explosive pre-match handshake ahead of Sunday's clash.

The Premier League encounter will resurrect the long-standing race row between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry.

Race row: Terry and Ferdinand clashed in October

Race row: Terry and Ferdinand clashed in October

Terry is due to appear in court on July 9 to face criminal charges over allegations he racial abused Ferdinand during the clash between the two clubs on October 23.

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday how QPR players would hold a team-meeting ahead of making a collective decision on whether to shake Terry's hand this weekend.

In training: Terry will appear in court in July

In training: Terry will appear in court on July 9

And both clubs will also discuss the matter after tonight's crucial Champions League semi-final showdown in Barcelona.

The west London rivals could ask the Premier League to scrap the handshake altogether but as it stands the top-flight officials are adamant it will go ahead.

Ferdinand is seeking advice from his legal team regarding how his decision regarding whether to shake Terry's hand could prejudice his case.