Mark Hughes reveals guard of honour snub

Mark Hughes
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Mark Hughes says that there was "no chance" QPR would clap Chelsea onto the pitch as an alternative to the pre-match handshake.

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has revealed that the club have snubbed an alternative option to the pre-match handshake.

For the second time this season, there will be no handshake between the two West London rivals following John Terry's alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.

Hughes said that the FA had been looking into an alternative and suggested that QPR clap their opponents onto the field instead.

However, the Welshman said that there is "no chance" of that happening.

"They were looking for solutions for the game at the weekend," said Hughes. "The Premier League were throwing things out and saying at one point an alternative would be to form a guard of honour and clap Chelsea on to the pitch.

"I was thinking ­absolutely no chance of that. That's where we were getting to. We never had pre-match handshakes when I was playing. Sometimes it's an irritation.

"I've got history with handshakes – Tony Pulis, Mancini – a couple I've had issues with it."

The Premier League have since denied Hughes's claim that they had made the suggestion.

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