No fear of boos for Ferdinand

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QPR defender Anton Ferdinand will be unmoved by any Chelsea fans who abuse him from the stands as the two sides meet in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

The game will be Ferdinand's first at Stamford Bridge since accusations he suffered racial abuse from Chelsea skipper John Terry last October, who now faces a court case in July to answer those allegations. Terry denies the charges.

Ferdinand, 27, said he is more interested in securing a positive result as QPR look to remain in the top flight rather than listen to any jeers from the crowd. "The Chelsea fans believe what they want to believe. They have their own view on what's gone on and if they are going to give me stick, that's their problem," he told the London Evening Standard.

"All I can say is that it won't upset my game. If they think that's what's going to happen, then they have got another thing coming."

The Football Association cancelled the usual pre-match handshakes before the two sides met in the FA Cup back in January and the Premier League have taken the same measures ahead of Sunday afternoon's clash, but Ferdinand does not see the pre-match ritual as an essential part of football and will treat the match the same as any other.

"My view is whether you shake hands with a player before or after the game doesn't really matter to me. It is about playing football," he said.

"My team-mates have said nothing to me about it because we are just treating it as a normal game. It is not about me or the current situation, it is about QPR and staying in the division.

"It is not for me to talk endlessly about handshakes - what matters is what happens in the course of 90 minutes."

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