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Will Ashley and Rio shake on it?

ALL eyes will be on Stamford Bridge tomorrow as Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand meet in what promises to be a watershed moment in the battle against racism in the Premier League.

The past few days appear to have heralded the first signs of peace breaking out between the Ferdinand brothers and Chelsea pair John Terry and Ashley Cole.

Cole, who gave evidence in support of Terry at his criminal trial, was branded a 'choc ice' by United's Ferdinand in the wake of the not guilty verdict.

There were fears the pair would not shake hands before tomorrow's game, but both appear prepared to do so.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo said: "I've always said that from our point of view, we'll play our part. I don't foresee any problems in that sense. I hope that all the players will shake hands."

There have also been suggestions Ferdinand was prepared to offer his hand to former England defensive partner Terry at Stamford Bridge, even though the latter is still serving his racism ban.

Confirming that Terry would be at the match, Di Matteo said he would endorse such a gesture, saying: "I'm always for that, yes."

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