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Terry snubs Bernstein handshake

ESPN staff
April 19, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

John Terry demonstrated his continued antipathy towards the Football Association by rejecting the handshake of its chairman David Bernstein at a Champions League trophy handover event in Friday.

Terry retired from international football last September having previously being stripped of the England captaincy by the FA after he was alleged to have used a racist insult towards QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

Despite being cleared of the offence by Westminster Magistrates Court, the FA proceeded to ban the Chelsea skipper for four domestic matches .

And Bernstein's role in the removal of his captaincy still appears to perturb Terry, who kept his hands firmly by his sides when the 69-year-old greeted Chelsea players including Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and Petr Cech at London's Banqueting House.

"Listen, it's a difficult one for me. Obviously he was the one who spoke about me in the court case and said things. I don't want to talk on air," Terry told Sky Sports News. "It's probably a subject that we should maybe just avoid.''

Asked if he shook Bernstein's hand, Terry replied: "No.''

Bernstein, however, insisted he was unaware of Terry's snub when quizzed on the matter.

"I didn't notice anything,'' the FA chairman told Sky Sports News. "My relationships with everyone here are really fantastic. I didn't notice a thing and I think we should talk about more positive things than that sort of nonsense.''

Asked about his relationship with Terry, Bernstein admitted they were "a little distant'' but seemed cool on making any attempt to build bridges when asked if there was any hope reconciliation.

"I don't know,'' he said. "I'm not really terribly concerned. I have other things to think about. In my last three months, I have other priorities.''

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