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Ferdinand has kept his focus amid furore -- Warnock

QPR manager Neil Warnock says Anton Ferdinand has not allowed the police investigation into John Terry to affect his form.

Allegations that Terry racially abused QPR defender Ferdinand at Loftus Road last month -- claims denied by the Chelsea skipper -- are being examined by the Metropolitan Police.

Ferdinand released a statement saying he had "strong feelings" on the matter and supported an inquiry launched by the English Football Association.

And the 26-year-old defender will start this evening's Premier League late kick-off against Manchester City knowing he has the admiration of his manager.

"Anton's concentrating on the football side and being a good defender," said Warnock.



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"You should keep your head down and do what he's done. He's played really very well and let things take their course.

"He's had his moments and lapses over the last few years, but we are trying to get him to be consistent and he has been as consistent over 10 games as we could have asked for.

"He's been a rock in defence, which has given us a chance."

Ferdinand has been targeted with racist abuse on his Twitter account in the wake of the incident and Warnock has urged him to abandon the microblogging service.

"He's a twit for using Twitter. I don't agree with it, but I suppose if you're into that you have to take the rough with the smooth," he said. "I've already told him to come off Twitter.

"I'm not a big fan of people talking to big groups of supporters when there's a problem at any club."

Meanwhile, QPR owner Tony Fernandes believes that Terry should retain the England captaincy, citing the principle of innocent until proven guilty.


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