AVB - Don't target Ferdinand
Andre Villas-Boas has called on Chelsea's fans not to single out QPR's Anton Ferdinand during their FA Cup fourth round clash on Saturday.
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Last Updated: 23/01/12 3:11pm
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has called on the club's fans not to single out Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during their FA Cup fourth round clash on Saturday.
John Terry has been charged with racially abusing Ferdinand during the Premier League game between the two clubs on October 23.
The England captain, who denies the allegations, is set for a hearing at West London magistrates court on February 1.
Chelsea were forced to condemn supporters who were clearly heard chanting "Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are" in their 1-1 Champions League Group E draw at Genk's Cristal Arena on November 1.
Villas-Boas does not want any such issues when they return to Loftus Road on Saturday in a match which will kick off at noon, partly on police advice.
"Regarding the fans, it is our responsibility as a club to calm the situation around the game and also to put on a message for the media as you can do excellent work in calming things down and everyone can have an impact for just another game of football," said the Chelsea boss, who has no intention of
leaving Terry out of the game.
His counterpart Mark Hughes admitted they will check on Ferdinand ahead of the game.
"It would be silly (for me) not to talk to him. I'll do it only to get it clear in my own mind where everybody is with it," he said.
"He's not come to me and said 'Gaffer, I need to speak to you about this situation' so I don't think it's affected him at all to be perfectly honest."
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