Andre Villas-Boas pleads with Chelsea fans ahead of QPR tie

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Terry is likely to start the FA Cup tie with QPR on Saturday

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has appealed for calm ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie with Queens Park Rangers.

It is the first meeting between the two clubs since John Terry was charged with racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Villas-Boas has no intention of leaving Terry out of his squad for next Saturday's tie at Loftus Road.

"It is our responsibility as a club to calm the situation around the game," said Villas-Boas.

Chelsea and England captain Terry, who denies the allegations, is set for a hearing at West London magistrates court on 1 February.

"We also want 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," added Villas-Boas.

Terry was charged after Chelsea's 1-0 league defeat at Loftus Road on 23 October.

The FA Cup tie between QPR and Chelsea will kick off at noon - partly because of police advice.