QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips does not want to see pre-match handshakes scrapped
Last Updated: October 1, 2012 11:43am
Anton Ferdinand and John Terry: Duo did not shake hands at recent meeting at Loftus Road following racism row
Queens Park Rangers winger Shaun Wright-Phillips does not want to see pre-match handshakes scrapped despite the recent debate sparked by Anton Ferdinand and John Terry.
Ferdinand snubbed the Chelsea defender at the recent Premier League meeting between the two teams in the wake of the race row involving the duo, which stems back to their Loftus Road clash in October last year.
Terry was cleared of a racially aggravated public order offence against the QPR centre-back at Westminster Magistrates' Court in July, but then found guilty by a Football Association independent regulatory commission, who issued a four-match ban and a fine of £220,000.
Wright-Phillips claims he never considered not shaking the hand of the former England international, who is considering an appeal against the verdict, and feels it would be wrong for the Premier League and FA to end the pre-match ritual.
Wright-Phillips told The Sun: "I think handshakes are good for fair play. It is a really good thing to do, especially when you have kids as mascots right in front of you.
"It gives them a good impression of football and footballers and I'm all for stuff like that.
"I honestly did not think about it. I just did whatever came naturally. I never felt like I was stuck in the middle. I shook JT's hand."
Wright-Phillips was the victim of racist abuse when on England duty against Spain in 2004, but insists he will never let vile terrace taunts affect his game.
He admitted: "It doesn't surprise me but it doesn't bother me. I'm just here to play football. I look at it that you are going to get some form of abuse when you play.
"And the people who say it, more fool them. They are still at the game watching us play so I just try to block it out."