No chance! Hughes reveals Premier League wanted QPR to clap Chelsea onto pitch
21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012
Mark Hughes claimed the Premier League wanted the QPR team to form a guard of honour and clap the Chelsea team onto the pitch at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
He said they were looking for alternatives to the potentially controversial pre-match handshake that would usually have taken place.
No chance: Mark Hughes rejected the Premier League's suggestion
The Premier League had extensive discussions with QPR and were pushing for the handshake to go ahead but with legal concerns from both Anton Ferdinand and John Terry – ahead of Terry's court case on July 9 charged with racially abusing Ferdinand – they decided to suspend it.
Hughes said: 'They were looking for solutions for the game at the weekend, the Premier League throwing things out there and saying at one point an alternative would be to form a guard of honour and clap Chelsea onto the pitch. I was thinking absolutely no chance of that.'
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He also said the handshake can overshadow a game and that if players are forced to do it then it detracts from the meaning of the gesture.
The 48-year-old added: 'I don't think it registers with too many of the player it's a little bit of an irritation for them.'
'The Premier League need to clarify their position on it and make sure it's there for the right reasons.'