Andre Villas-Boas has appealed for Chelsea fans not to single out QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during next weekend's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Loftus Road.

John Terry has been charged with racially abusing Ferdinand during the Barclays Premier League game between the two clubs on October 23. The England captain, who denies the allegations, is set for a hearing at West London magistrates court on February 1.

"Regarding the fans, it is our responsibility as a club to calm the situation around the game and also to put on a message for the media as you can do excellent work in calming things down and everyone can have an impact for just another game of football," said the Chelsea boss, who has no intention of leaving Terry out of the game.

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