Anton Ferdindand and QPR are the ones hit by case delay, says Mark Hughes
Friday 03 February 2012
Chelsea's successful plea to the judge in the trial of John Terry to delay proceedings until 9 July has not been well received by Anton Ferdinand and his QPR manager, Mark Hughes.
Ron Gourlay, Chelsea's chief executive, wrote to Judge Howard Riddle asking for the case to be delayed until after the season so as not to disrupt the club's match preparation during the run-in. But the agreed July date will impact on QPR's pre-season preparations, Hughes said yesterday.
"It seems to be dragging on for ever, from my point of view - and certainly Anton's," the manager said. "He would prefer it to be done and dusted by now.
"Whatever decision they have made impacts on one of my players, Anton Ferdinand. He is involved in the case and it has been given a date now and it is smack-bang in the middle of pre-season. That is going to impact on his preparation for the new season.
"I don't know how they came up with the date or whether there were any discussions with the FA, but they have made sure it doesn't impact on the Euros.
"They certainly have not discussed the date with me. It seems to be set in stone, it is unfortunate it is in the middle of pre-season. Ideally, I want my player available. My understanding is we weren't involved in any discussion with regards to a date. I would have certainly wanted to put my point over to make them understand it is a little bit of an issue."
Terry is likely to come face to face with Rio Ferdinand, Anton's brother, on Sunday when Chelsea face Manchester United. The pre-match handshake ritual will go ahead as normal, according to the Premier League. Ferdinand has yet to comment on the issue, although there have been suggestions he may not shake Terry's hand.
Latest in Sport
Laura Trott and Jason Kenny announce engagement
Manchester United vs Newcastle United preview: Alan Pardew targets rare Old Trafford win to halt Newcastle slump
Arsenal vs QPR: Leroy Fer seeks perfect present for Boxing Day
Jose Mourinho on Sir Alex Ferguson: 'A good friend, a good person, a fantastic sense of humour. I like him very, very much'
Arsenal vs QPR live: Latest score and updates plus reaction to wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 3 The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 Vagina canoe artist defends herself over ‘obscenity’ charges
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader