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QPR and Chelsea issue joint statement ahead of FA Cup clash

QPR and Chelsea officials have come together to release a joint statement warning fans to stay away from any unacceptable behaviour this weekend.

The R's host the Blues in the FA Cup fourth round at Loftus Road on Saturday and both clubs have implored supporters to be on their best behaviour following the heated Premier League clash between the two clubs back in October.

This weekend will be the first time the clubs have met since QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea captain John Terry clashed, with the latter charged for alleged racial abuse, and the two clubs in question are hoping things run smoothly this time around.

"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 statement read.

"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."

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