Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea Football Club, and Tony Fernandes, chairman of Queens Park Rangers, have issued a joint statement ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup game.
The statement reads:
‘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 Chelsea or QPR 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.’