Anton Ferdinand receives death threat

Ferdinand sent death threat ahead of meeting with Terry in FA Cup clash

Anton Ferdinand has been the target of a death threat on the eve of his reunion with race-row rival John Terry.

It comes just 24 hours before the FA Cup clash at Loftus Road.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘I can confirm we are investigating an allegation of malicious communication received today at Queens Park Rangers football club.

Threats: Anton Ferdinand has been targeted ahead of the match

Threats: Anton Ferdinand has been targeted ahead of the match

‘Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham are investigating.’

The revelation could now put Ferdinand's planned appearance in the game in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has
insisted Ferdinand should shake hands with Terry if he plays.

Villas-Boas said he hoped and
expected Ferdinand not to snub Terry, despite allegations the Rangers
defender was the victim of a racist slur from the England captain during
October's Barclays Premier League game between the sides.

The
players square off for the first time since then, and just four days
before the court case begins in which Terry stands accused of abusing
Ferdinand.

Ferdinand is reportedly agonising over whether to shake Terry's hand before tomorrow's match, amid fears it could be viewed as hypocritical.

Asked if it was important he did so, Villas-Boas said: 'Extremely important, extremely important.

In the spotlight: John Terry trains with Chelsea on Friday

In the spotlight: John Terry trains with Chelsea on Friday

Raring to go: Terry was all smiles in training on Friday

He added: 'This game is based on good values more than anything else.

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

Villas-Boas confirmed the matter had been discussed with Terry, who denies having racially abused Ferdinand.

The Chelsea boss said: 'Everybody has been having conversations, from the top, to the players, to the manager.'

QPR
boss Mark 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.

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

Important: Andre Villas-Boas encouraged Ferdinand to shake Terry's hand

Important: Andre Villas-Boas encouraged Ferdinand to shake Terry's hand

Villas-Boas reiterated he would not consider leaving out Terry and said he had not felt the need to check on his frame of mind this week.

'No, not at all,' he said. 'I have to count on the player, and the player is fit and available for the game.'

He also revealed he had no plans to issue special instructions to his players reminding them to stay calm amid what is likely to be a hostile atmosphere.

Admitting there were 'extra
responsibilities' to consider, he added: 'I won't speak to the players
specifically about that before the game, not at all.'

Supporters
from both sides were this week warned about their conduct and
Villas-Boas predicted there would not be any problems at Loftus Road.

In the dock: Terry faces court next week over the incident

In the dock: Terry faces court next week over the incident

He said: 'The environment was outstanding the last time we played there at Loftus Road, so I expect it to be the same.'

Hughes says QPR are ready to eject anyone from Loftus Road heard doing so.

Of the 'Anton Ferdinand, you know what you are' chant, he said: 'I think we understand what is meant by that.

'If there is inappropriate chanting or behaviour then you get ejected from the ground and rightly so.

'We as a club obviously have spoken quite closely with Chelsea and the police. I just hope everybody is sensible and enjoys the game for what it is, a fantastic cup tie that we're all looking forward to.

'We basically want to be talking about the football and what happens on the pitch.'