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Sunday 24 September 2017

Ferdinand receives bullet in post ahead of Blues visit

QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was sent a bullet and a death threat in the post ahead of today's FA Cup fourth-round match with Chelsea.

The package arrived at QPR's training ground yesterday.

A police spokesman said: "I can confirm we are investigating an allegation of malicious communication received at Queens Park Rangers football club. Officers are investigating."

QPR last night released a statement after enquiries about the incident, saying "full searches" would be carried out as spectators arrive for the match at Loftus Road in west London.



Concerns

There have been widespread concerns about the fixture this week, with John Terry returning to the ground where he was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand in their league fixture last October.

Ferdinand and Terry have been urged to shake hands ahead of the game, which takes place four days before the court case over Terry's alleged racial slur begins in London.

Rangers boss Mark Hughes has refused to add to the pressure on Ferdinand to shake Terry's hand after Chelsea boss Andre Villas- Boas claimed it was "extremely important" that the QPR defender did so.

Hughes said it was entirely Ferdinand's decision whether to snub Terry during the pre-match handshake.



Accept

Villas-Boas said he hoped and expected Ferdinand to accept Terry's hand, and the latter categorically denies racially abusing his English compatriot, the a charge the England captain denies.

Ferdinand is reportedly agonising over whether shaking Terry's hand could be seen as hypocritical amid claims he has been advised by Rangers that to do so would be the best course of action.

But Hughes said: "If he feels it is not appropriate, that has to be his own decision. It won't be influenced by myself or the club."

Asked if it was vital that Ferdinand did shake Terry's hand, Villas-Boas said: "Extremely important, extremely important.

"This game is based on good values more than anything else.

"These players should continue to promote these good values."

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