Handshake-gate at the Britannia: Spurs, Sherwood and Sandro ready for Stoke midfielder

Tottenham boss warns players on snubbing handshake of serial injurer ahead of tomorrow's visit to Stoke City.

When Charlie Adam takes to the Britannia Stadium pitch in Saturday's Premier League clash with Tottenham there will be plenty of Spurs players eager to pay the Scot a small slice of retribution for his wayward tackling in recent games against the Londoners.

But though Tim Sherwood may encourage some combative play in general against the Stoke midfield, he has warned his players to respect the former Liverpool and Blackpool playmaker ahead of the prematch handshakes.

The Tottenham manager made it clear to his squad in the pre-match press conference that he wants respect shown to the Scotland international, telling the media: "I was aware of the reports and it's nonsense. And they will show their respect to the opposition."

"I've not heard the boys talk about it. My message to my players would be to respect Charlie Adam."

Early reports in Friday's papers said that the Tottenham starting eleven were planning on snubbing the customary ritual with the Stoke number-sixteen after he injured Brazilian international midfielder Paulinho in December's match at White Hart Lane.

Following the fixture, the London side wrote to the FA complaining of it being the fifth Spurs player Adam had injured, though the claim was dismissed.

Adam's history with Spurs started with two separate tackles on former star Gareth Bale, one while at Blackpool and another in a pre-season friendly when he was at Liverpool. Both challenges saw the Welshman ruled out for several weeks with ankle ligament damage, the same injury he inflicted on Paulinho. Adam has also seen red on two separate occasions against the Londoners, with poor tackles on both Jan Vertonghen and Scott Parker

Paulinho's Spurs and Brazilian teammate Sandro saw fit to make a tongue-in-cheek threat to Adam following the game last December, telling him "the Beast is watching him."

Adam responded by tweeting that he "doesn't and never has had anything against" Spurs.

And if the former Internacional midfielder is recalled by Sherwood this weekend, expect there to be plenty of sparks on the pitch. 

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