It's like a mafia feud! Taylor wants players to move on from handshake row after Ferdinand ignores Terry and Cole
16:54 GMT, 17 September 2012
Anton Ferdinand’s refusal to shake hands with John Terry is like a ‘mafia feud’, according to PFA chairman Gordon Taylor.
The QPR defender rejected the outstretched hands of Terry and his Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole before the two sides met at Loftus Road on Saturday.
The snub was reminiscent of notorious incidents involving Terry and Wayne Bridge and Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez.
No thanks: Anton Ferdinand chose not to shake John Terry's hand on Saturday
Speaking on the latest quarrel between Terry and Ferdinand, Taylor told the BBC: ‘We have to move on. These things will separate us and become like some mafia feud.’
'Certainly it is disappointing in that this season, I feel that football has to live up to what the Olympics did over the summer showing sport being able to bridge all barriers and being inclusive.
We have a responsibility to extol the best virtues of sport.'
'We need to be very careful if there have been personal issues between players that they are not reflected on a football stage when this is a protocol for the good of the image of the game.
'It is the thing to do as you would in other sports. If it was boxing you would touch gloves before the bout and that is what I want football to be.
'I don't want it to be a vehicle for personal feuds that are never ending.'
Despite his strong views on players choosing to ignore their opponents for personal reasons, he believes the pre-match ritual should be kept.
You too: Ferdinand also ignored Ashley Cole as he moved past the defender in the line-up