The handshake is the second-highest profile empty gesture in world football, after the formation of a new FIFA committee. It’s supposed to be a show of sportsmanship between groups of men who are in reality, ready to kick seven shades of shit out of each other to put a ball in a net. Inevitably, the whole event is more notable for who doesn’t shake hands than who does.
It became a storm in a teacup when Wayne Bridge declined to press palms with former teammate and ex-girlfriend-sex-haver John Terry, and the pre-game ritual was cancelled for the Chelsea-QPR match due to the “John Terry allegedly being racist towards Anton Ferdinand” thing (side note, has anyone looked into the possibility that John Terry is a terrible person?). But they will be making Liverpool and Manchester United go through with it in the hope that they can put the issue behind them, and the media gets to speculate whether Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will shake hands.
Shaking hands to get over racism? That sounds awfully familiar.
We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination.
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