So, in the wake of the John Terry-Anton Ferdinand and Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra racism kerfuffles, there is talk of dispensing with handshakes before the upcoming Chelsea-QPR match, in case there's some sort of disturbance.
1. Seriously, guys? I can understand that, with the adrenaline pumping, you are moved to say something insulting. But go for any of the millions of things you can say that aren't indefensible and won't get you in trouble. Make fun of his hair. Call him short. I don't care what. It is part of your job, not to mention part of being a decent human being, not to make racist comments.
2. I think we have missed the point of the pre-match handshake. Yes, it is symbolic, and perhaps it is a lie. The point is that, even if we are scum, we pretend to be decent sportsmen. And maybe shaking hands will fan that spark of humanity into some kind of fitful flame.
If your footballers can't manage to behave as well as five-year-olds, sit them down until they can, or sell them.