The specter of two recent racist incidents will hang over the FA Cup this weekend, with tensions high as the clubs involved prepare to play each other again.
Manchester United will travel to Anfield on Saturday for the first time since defender Patrice Evra was repeatedly racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in a league match in October. Chelsea captain John Terry is set to play at Queens Park Rangers days before appearing in court, charged with racially abusing Anton Ferdinand in the last meeting of the west London clubs in October.
Fears about any lingering animosity between the players or rival fans boiling over in the weekend matches have prompted statements appealing for calm from the four clubs and a strong police warning about abusive behavior.
Chelsea and QPR tried to quell any tensions by issuing a statement describing Saturday's fourth-round match as ''a unique opportunity to show the world that hatred has no place in our game.''
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