Best of enemies: Sportsmail looks at the Premier League's biggest player grudges
16:32 GMT, 13 September 2012
We are barely a month into the new Premier League season and already we have our first player bust-up.
Just two months after Chelsea’s John Terry was cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the QPR defender is expected to snub Ashley Cole's handshake in the west London derby this weekend, after the full-back had stood as a character witness for his Blues team-mate during the trial.
With Cole also set to be given the same treatment later in the season by Ferdinand’s brother and Manchester United defender, Rio, Sportsmail looks at previous player grudges – with some amounting to more than just a refused handshake.
Luis Suarez v Patrice Evra
One of the major talking points from last season. It started in October during a league game at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United before seeming to go on throughout the campaign.
An on-pitch incident that saw Luis Suarez racially abuse Patrice Evra resulted in a two-month inquiry that eventually ended with the Liverpool striker banned for eight games.
But that wasn’t the end of it. The bad blood between the pair only increased when Liverpool and United clashed for the return fixture in February at Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan refused to shake the United full-back’s hand before the match, provoking an immediate reaction from Evra and even a post-match response from Liverpool condemning Suarez’s actions.
It’s a feud that is set to continue. Even once the season was over, Suarez called his ban ‘strange and unbelievable’. Watch this space.
Samir Nasri v William Gallas
North London derbies are well fought and fiery encounters at the best of times but the build-up to Arsenal and Tottenham’s clash at the Emirates Stadium in November 2010 had even more fuel to throw on the fire.
Just team-mates at Arsenal months before, Samir Nasri and William Gallas had a big fall-out and it wasn’t even over the latter’s summer switch across to White Hart Lane.
It all centered on Gallas accusing his international team-mate of being a bad influence on France’s awful Euro 2008 campaign where they finished bottom of their group.
The pair refused to shake hands before the game, but although Nasri drew first blood by scoring the opener, Gallas had the last laugh as his Spurs side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
John Terry v Wayne Bridge
The original ‘handshake gate’. So much had been made of John Terry having an alleged affair with a previous girlfriend of former Chelsea team-mate Wayne Bridge in 2009, that it resulted in the Chelsea centre-back losing the England captaincy.
But in February 2010, just two months after the allegations, the two came head-to-head on the pitch when Manchester City paid a visit to Stamford Bridge.
Terry’s attempt at a handshake was rebuffed by Bridge, with the full-back then going on to play 78 minutes as City recorded a surprise 4-2 win.
The pair have faced each other just once since, when West Ham crashed 3-0 at Chelsea last year – again Bridge snubbed the handshake.
Roy Keane v Patrick Vieira
There is only room for one midfield general on the pitch and during a period between 1997 and 2005, when Arsenal and Manchester United were both fighting for the title, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane often clashed over who was top dog.
On many occasions a late challenge or a few choice words on the pitch was a far as it went, but that was before United visited Arsenal in February 2005.
Unknown to the Highbury crowd, Keane and Vieira had an infamous angry exchange in the tunnel pre-match which led to the two having to be pulled apart.
Even as the teams were about to walk-out, the Irishman was still furiously getting his point across to the Arsenal skipper.
It’s a feud that’s gone down in Premier League history as one of the greats and today the two can at least exist on the same show as pundits, judging by ITV’s Champions League coverage last season when the pair were more than once side-by-side.
Roy Keane v Alf-Inge Haaland
But another grudge involving the former United skipper was his ugly personal battle with Manchester City defender, Alf-Inge Haaland.
During a league match between Leeds and the Red Devils in September 1997, Keane’s attempted foul on Haaland caused himself an injury that would rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Norwegian, furious at the attempted trip, accused Keane of faking the injury as he lay stricken on the ground.
It was a moment Keane wouldn’t forget, and when the Manchester derby came to Old Trafford in April 2001 he would extract revenge.
With the ball the furthest thing from Keane’s mind, he launched a knee-high studs-up challenge at the defender, picking up a red card in the process.
It was only a year later in his autobiography that Keane admitted the ‘challenge’ was premeditated, and it resulted in the midfielder picking up a five-match-ban and 150,000 fine in addition to the three-game-ban and 5,000 he had already been punished for originally. Haaland retired through a separate knee injury just two years after the incident.