Chelsea and QPR want to avoid trouble

Chelsea and QPR have released a joint statement urging fans to be on their best behaviour for this weekend’s FA Cup clash between the sides.

The game will be the first time the teams have met since John Terry allegedly racially abused Anton Ferdinand, with Blues fans in particular accused of fanning the flames of the controversy since.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and QPR’s owner Tony Fernandes have released a statement in preparation for the game, and hope it can be a peaceful affair.

“We have discussed the issues surrounding this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Loftus Road and we are both in total agreement that abuse and discrimination has no place in football or society,” the statement, which is published in The Daily Mail, reads.

“Both clubs enjoy fantastic support. However, we would remind fans that while we want to hear their passion, it’s a fact that hatred and abuse is not what being a fan of Chelsea or QPR is about.

“The clubs will work together with the police to ensure that anyone using discriminatory or inflammatory language is identified and that the strongest possible action is taken against them.

“A local derby is always a special occasion and this weekend’s FA Cup tie is a unique opportunity to show the world that hatred has no place in our game, our clubs, or our communities.

“We would urge fans witnessing any form of abuse to report it to a matchday steward or text confidentially on 07557 435421.

“Let’s make Saturday’s match a celebration of football,” it finished.

Both Terry and Ferdinand are set to play in what could be a high-octane clash at Loftus Road.

By Gareth McKnight