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I went to a Premier League match – and third grade recess broke out!

Chelsea's defender John Terry (L) reacts

Chelsea’s defender John Terry (L) reacts after receiving a red card from Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir (C) during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final football match Barcelona against Chelsea at the Cam Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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Let me say three things whilst (standard “American” English translation: while) I decide to file this under “theater of the wacky” or “just plain sad.”


  • Things can get pretty ridiculous when a bunch of lawyers get involved – a pitiful pox clearly not unique to our United States.
  • Once a week I quit writing about the pros long enough to go coach some young men – only sometimes it hard to truly tell the boys from the grown men, as in this case.
  • Sometimes, all you can do is shake your head.
There will be no pregame handshake between players from Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers this Sunday. The traditional, benevolent show of sportsmanship will be tossed overboard due to a sticky legal situation involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

The Premier League position on the pre-match handshake convention remains consistent,” Premier League officials said Thursday in a prepared statement. “In all normal circumstances it must be observed.

“However, after discussions with both Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday’s match.”

John Terry. John Terry. Let’s see, where have we seen that name already this week. Oh, yes.