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Apr 19, 2013

Terry reignites racism row

LONDON -- The bitter fallout from English soccer's high-profile racism case resurfaced Friday in front of European governing body President Michel Platini when John Terry refused to shake hands with the man who fired him as the captain of England's national team.

The snub came at an event in London where European champion Chelsea was handing back the Champions League trophy ahead of next month's final at Wembley Stadium.

Terry was fired as England captain last year by Football Association chairman David Bernstein as he awaited trial on a charge he racially abused a rival while playing for Chelsea.

After Terry was cleared in criminal trial, an FA disciplinary panel banned him for four matches for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match at Queens Park Rangers.

In what is believed to be their first meeting since then, Terry was caught on camera by broadcaster Sky Sports refusing to shake Bernstein's hand at Banqueting House, a palace near to Downing Street in London.

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

Bernstein never appeared in court or gave evidence against Terry in last July's trial, although the FA did pursue its own case against him. Terry retired from the national team in September just before his FA hearing. He was fined $356,000 by the FA.

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