Chelsea and QPR united in zero tolerance policy

Chelsea and QPR officials have united to enforce a zero tolerance policy for the weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie between the two sides at Loftus Road, The Mirror reports. In the league meeting between the two sides in October, John Terry clashed with Anton Ferdinand and resulted in receiving a racially aggravated public order offence.

The Blues captain will face QPR on Saturday and faces the prospect of Ferdinand refusing to shake his hand, just like Wayne Bridge did at Stamford Bridge after allegations about Terry’s private life involving Bridge’s ex-girlfriend. Terry has denied the charge he received following the incident and has received unusual backing by Blues fans, who sung an offensive chant towards Ferdinand at an away Champions League tie with Genk this season. The club have been embroiled in accusations of racism, with Chelsea fans accused of chanting racist abuse on the train back from Norwich at the weekend and a Chelsea fan reportedly abusing Daniel Sturridge at the same Genk fixture.

Both sides will united to stop any racist chanting and have stated that any Chelsea fan who chants this weekend will be removed from Loftus Road and faces a ban from Stamford Bridge. Supporters can contact matchday stewards if they feel chanting is occuring and the two clubs are looking to promote a good fixture in the FA Cup.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and QPR owner Tony Fernandes released this joint statement: ‘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 have no place in football or society. 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 QPR or Chelsea 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.’

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