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Cops probe Ferdinand hate mail

POLICE have launched an investigation after QPR defender Anton Ferdinand was sent a threatening letter in the post.

Metropolitan Police officers were called after the document, which reportedly contained a death threat, arrived at the club's ground in west London last week.

The contents of the letter were reported to be so graphic that QPR officials did not show it to the defender (pictured right), who is at the centre of a race row involving Chelsea's John Terry.

A police spokesman said: "I can confirm that officers are investigating an allegation of malicious communication."

The letter was delivered by hand to Loftus Road, according to reports.

Ferdinand, 26, was the alleged victim of a racist comment made by Terry during QPR's Premier League home match with Chelsea last month.

The 30-year-old Blues and England captain denies the claims, which are being investigated by the Met and the Football Association.

Coyle eyes consistency

BOLTON manager Owen Coyle has challenged his side to deliver consistently after finally hitting the standards he demands.

The struggling Wanderers at last found their touch after a dismal start to the season as they thrashed Stoke 5-0 in the Premier League at the Reebok Stadium yesterday.

Bolton took control in the second minute when Ivan Klasnic took a free-kick from which recalled Bolton captain Kevin Davies scored.

Chris Eagles made it 2-0 with a finish from a tight angle and Klasnic swept in a third after the break. Eagles and Klasnic then doubled their tallies.

Coyle said: "The intensity was there and regardless of how the result went I wanted to make sure we delivered a performance. We did that and we have got to make sure we do that consistently."