QPR defender Anton Ferdinand refused to shake hands with John Terry and Ashley Cole ahead of the west London derby against Chelsea at Loftus Road.
Ferdinand clearly snubbed the Chelsea pair as the two clubs went head to head for the first time since Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur in the corresponding fixture last October.
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The remainder of the QPR and Chelsea players observed the pre-match ritual, which went ahead in a highly charged atmosphere at the Premier League’s insistence.
Terry remains the subject of a Football Association investigation and denies the charges, over which he will appear before the governing body on September 24.
Cole provided evidence in support of Terry at the Chelsea captain’s trial, prompting Rio to retweet a user labelling the England left-back a "choc ice" - a term deemed to also be racist in the context of its use.
Rio Ferdinand was charged £45,000 for the tweet and the bad blood over last year’s incident provoked much controversy about whether the handshake ritual should go ahead on Saturday, having been cancelled in the previous two meetings between the clubs.
Both QPR and Chelsea issued statements urging their supporters to behave responsibility but Ferdinand's decision to snub Terry and Cole has inflamed an already volatile atmosphere in west London.
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