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Genk Chelsea Odds as Terry looks to put racism slur behind him in Champions League

Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Genk on Tuesday evening, Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has made a statement on the race row involving club skipper John Terry.

After Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to QPR last weekend, Terry was accused of a racial slur towards Ferdinand. The England captain has denied this ever since, while Ferdinand has remained quiet on the issue.

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Today though, he released a statement about the ongoing investigation. It read: “Today (Monday 31st October 2011) I finalised my statement with the Football Association with regards to the incident that occurred last Sunday at Loftus Road in our Barclays Premier League fixture against Chelsea.”

“I have very strong feelings on the matter, but in the interests of fairness and not wishing to prejudice what I am sure will be a very thorough inquiry by the FA, this will be my last comment on the subject until the enquiry is concluded.”

“I would like to thank the club, Tony Fernandes, Amit Bhatia, Neil Warnock, the supporters and my fellow professionals for their unwavering support.”

With the outcome of this issue yet to be resolved, Chelsea and Terry will hope they can focus for Tuesday evening’s Champions League clash with Genk.

After two defeats in a row in the Premier League – they lost a 5-3 thriller to Arsenal at the weekend – the team could certainly do with a boost.

They should require no motivation though. Victory for Andre Villas-Boas’ men in Belgium would mean they would maintain their place at the top of Group E and move a step further to qualifying.

Looking at the team news for this one, Raul Meireles is expected to come in after being used as a substitute against Arsenal, while Didier Drogba is available despite a domestic suspension.

As for Genk, they have no fresh injury concerns as they aim to record their first Champions League points of the season. They haven’t even scored a goal in the competition this year, so the only way is up for the hosts.

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