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Friday 22 September 2017

AVB: Don't single out Ferdinand

ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS has urged Chelsea fans not to turn on QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during next weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Loftus Road.

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 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.



Responsibility

"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," said the Chelsea boss, who has no intention of leaving Terry out of the game.

The manager's appeal came ahead of news that a man has been arrested in connection with alleged racist chanting by a group of Chelsea fans on a train back from their 0-0 draw in Norwich.

British Transport Police said one man was detained yesterday and remained in police custody in north London.

A spokesman said officers were still looking for other people involved in the alleged incident.

Chelsea have vowed to take action against any fans proved to be involved in racist chanting.

The draw at Norwich again saw striker Fernando Torres draw a blank, but Villas-Boas is unfazed.

"You can't say that he is not trying," said the boss. "Fernando is making the right movements and is present in the box and one day it will go with him."

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