Queens Park Rangers have been sent a "malicious package", believed to be a bullet, addressed to defender Anton Ferdinand.

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The news comes on the eve of QPR's FA Cup meeting with Chelsea, which will see Ferdinand reunited with John Terry for the first time since he was allegedly subjected to racist abuse by the England captain in October last year.

'I can confirm we are investigating an allegation of malicious communication received today at Queens Park Rangers football club," read a statement from the Metropolitan Police on Friday night. "Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham are investigating."

Supporters have been warned about their conduct ahead of the game, while Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has urged Ferdinand and Terry to make a public display of shaking hands before kick-off.

Terry is expected to plead "not guilty" to Crown Prosecution Services charges next week. The Chelsea captain has maintained his innocence throughout.