Chelsea and QPR warn fans over ‘discriminatory language’
Clubs warn fans they will take action against any supporters found to be using "discriminatory" language on Saturday
Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea have released a joint statement warning fans that they will take action against anyone using discriminatory language during the FA Cup fourth-round clash on Saturday.
The game will be the first time that the two London sides have met since Chelsea captain John Terry was charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in the Premier League match back in October.
The statement, released on behalf of QPR chairman Tony Fernandes and Chelsea chief Bruce Buck 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 07557 435421. 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.”