QPR’s Tony Fernandes and Chelsea’s Bruce Buck urge fans not to let John Terry racism allegations mar FA Cup tie

After the controversy which arose in the same game earlier in the season, the two club officials have combined to appeal to all supporters to abstain from any racial abuse

QPR and Chelsea chairmen Tony Fernandes and Bruce Buck have joined together to ask for both sets of fans to abstain from any racial abuse in Saturday's FA Cup clash after John Terry was alleged to have abused Anton Ferdinand when the two teams met earlier in the season.

The two club officials have released a phone number for fans to call if they witness any behaviour which is deemed unacceptable during the fourth-round tie.

There are fears that there may be an adverse fan reaction to the events of the Premier League fixture in October, which saw the Blues captain accused of verbally abusing the R’s defender, something Fernandes and Buck are keen to avoid.

An official statement from the two clubs read: “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 has 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.

“We would urge fans witnessing any form of abuse to report it to a matchday steward or text confidentially on 07557435421.

“Let's make Saturday's match a celebration of football.

“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.”