Villas-Boas wants focus off Terry

Thu, 19 Jan 14:48:16 2012

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has called for an end to talk about John Terry's return to QPR ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup clash.

The fourth-round draw will see Blues captain Terry go head to head with Anton Ferdinand four days ahead of the court case in which he stands accused of racially abusing the Rangers defender.

Extra police have been laid on for what will be a potentially explosive west London derby, the first time the sides have met since October's controversial Barclays Premier League clash. Television footage emerged after that game which prompted allegations Terry had racially abused Ferdinand, something the Chelsea and England captain denies.

The build-up to next weekend's fixture will inevitably be dominated by the Terry-Ferdinand reunion but Villas-Boas said: "What are you going to do to make that environment a bit better, in terms of headlines and how much time we're going to see taken up with Anton v Terry.

"If you want to finish, avoid speculating about it, about the return to QPR, a repetition of the images. We can play our part, but so can the media.

"It's important to kick any discrimination out of the game, but it won't be a reminder of those incidents. It'll be an intense cup game between two London teams, and hopefully it will be well contested between 22 players."

 

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