Hughes rejects 'guard of honour' idea
Queens Park Rangers,
Mark Hughes has snubbed a Premier League suggestion for QPR to form a guard of honour for Chelsea on Sunday.
The Premier League bowed to pressure to abandon the handshake ritual on Thursday night, ahead of this weekend's west London derby at Stamford Bridge to avoid any chance of it affecting Blues captain John Terry's upcoming racism trial. The match will be Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand's first trip to the home of his side's arch-rivals since October's reverse fixture, after which allegations emerged he had been racially abused by Terry, something Terry categorically denies. QPR boss Hughes admitted he was surprised at the league's suggestion his players applaud their counterparts onto the pitch before the match kicked off. He said: "They were looking for solutions for the game at the weekend and the Premier League were throwing things out there and said at one point that one alternative would be to form a guard of honour and clap Chelsea onto the pitch, and I'm thinking there is absolutely no chance of that happening. "But that is where we were getting to, there were discussions going on, that was the one that pricked my ears up. That is the only one I was told, so there you go."