No love lost: Terry snubbed in handshake row then Nelsen labels him 'embarrassing'
21:30 GMT, 16 September 2012
Publicly snubbed by two Queens Park Rangers players and taunted relentlessly by their fans, John Terry departed Loftus Road amid accusations he had collapsed in an ‘embarrassing’ attempt to win a penalty.
Ryan Nelsen took issue with the Chelsea captain after Roberto Di Matteo had claimed a first-half tussle between the pair was ‘a 100 per cent, stonewall penalty’ missed by referee Andre Marriner.
The snub: Anton Ferdinand ignores John Terry's handshake
‘I’m really surprised Roberto said
that,’ said Nelsen. ‘He was nowhere near the ball, was never going to
win it, so he just fell down. He was just trying to get a penalty.
‘I was holding him, of course, but he just fell down. He does it to everybody in their box. I said to him: “That was a bit embarrassing” and he laughed when he ran off.
‘If the referee gives that, it’s ridiculous. If you really know the game, that’s never a penalty. It happens all the time.’
It is one more insult in an acrimonious feud between these London neighbours which has simmered since October, when Terry was accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, charged and then cleared in court. An FA case is now pending and the mood has not improved.
Ferdinand and Rangers captain Park Ji-sung refused to shake hands with Terry. Ferdinand also chose not to shake the hand of Ashley Cole, who gave evidence in the court case in July. Cole added to the poisonous atmosphere by turning away and spitting after Ferdinand’s snub.
The move by Park, a former Manchester
United team-mate of Anton’s brother Rio, adds to the feeling that United
players may follow suit when they visit Stamford Bridge next month.
Rangers boss Mark Hughes repeated his
call for the entire handshake parade to be scrapped but the Premier
League are determined to see it continue.
The 'penalty': Terry wanted a spot-kick after being manhandled by Ryan Nelsen
The injury: QPR fans jeer Terry after he picked up a knock
QPR (4-4-2): Julio Cesar 7; Bosingwa 7, Ferdinand 7, Nelsen 8, Fabio 5 (Onuoha 20min, 6); Wright-Phillips 6 (Cisse 70, 6), Faurlin 7, Granero 7, Park 6; Zamora 5, Johnson 5 (Mackie 32, 6).
Subs not used: Green, Taarabt, Dyer, Hoilett.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech 6; Ivanovic 6, Luiz 7, Terry 7, Cole 6; Mikel 6, Lampard 6; Ramires 6, Hazard 6, Bertrand 6 (Moses 58, 6); Torres 5 (Sturridge 81).
Subs not used: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Romeu, Oscar.
Booked: Ramires, Bertrand.
Man of the match: Ryan Nelsen.
Referee: Andre Marriner 5.
Next: Tottenham v QPR (PL, Sunday), Chelsea v Juventus (CL, Wednesday).
‘I thought he was fantastic, with all unnecessary pressure on him. To put in a performance like he did showed the character of the man.’
Ferdinand, who tweaked a hamstring late
in the goalless draw, Terry and Nelsen were outstanding. The latter
quashing the threat of Fernando Torres, who stormed down the tunnel when
he was replaced.
It raised questions about Chelsea’s
wisdom of having only one established striker, although Daniel Sturridge
looked sharp when he replaced the Spaniard.
will get chances to play and more chances in the middle,’ said Di
Matteo. As for Torres, he added: ‘It’s not a problem. We move on from
QPR fear Andy Johnson may have suffered a serious knee injury in what seemed an innocuous clash with Eden Hazard.
Nelsen said: ‘I don’t think anybody in
Anton’s situation would have done it. He just said: “This is my personal
thing, whatever you guys (want to) do, do it”.
On and on: Terry's row with Ferdinand does not look set to stop