Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, is becoming increasingly concerned by the number of high profile incidents that have tarnished the reputation of the national game, with Ferdinand’s refusal to shake hands with Terry and Ashley Cole the latest flashpoint.
There are no plans to ditch the goodwill gesture between opposing players before games, despite the unedifying spectacle at Loftus Road on Saturday and the possible threat of more problems when Liverpool face Manchester United this weekend.
The two clubs play at Anfield on Sunday, seven months after Luis Suarez declined to shake the hand of United defender Patrice Evra, after the Liverpool forward served an eight-match ban.
But Taylor is keen to draw a line under the rows and has told footballers to put aside their personal feelings or risk creating even more antagonism.
He said: “We have a responsibility to extol the best virtues of sport. We need to be very careful if there have been personal issues between players that they are not reflected on a football stage when this is a protocol for the good of the image of the game.
“I don’t want it to be a vehicle for personal feuds that are never ending. We have to move on. These things will separate us and become like some mafia feud. Owners, managers, chief executives and players said ’yes’ [to the idea] and I do not know why we should say ’no’ now.
“I would like to say to the players that I see no reason why they cannot do it [shake hands]. They are not betraying any personal principles. It is being done for the image of the game and to set the right example to the mascots and youngsters playing at school.
“Certainly it is disappointing in that this season, I feel that football has to live up to what the Olympics did over the summer showing sport being able to bridge all barriers and being inclusive.”
It was the second time Terry had been snubbed since the ritual was introduced
into the Premier League four years ago - in February 2010 Wayne Bridge
ignored him following allegations of an affair between the
Terry, whose racism hearing with the FA is set to start next week, is expected to feature in Chelsea’s Champions League group game against Juventus on Wednesday.
It was feared he would miss out with a knee injury but he successfully completed a training session on Monday and should play at Stamford Bridge, as Roberto Di Matteo begins his defence of the trophy.