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Cahill: Terry can handle QPR taunts

Cahill thinks Terry can cope with the taunts fro QPR fans. Credit: PA

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has backed captain John Terry to shrug off a hostile reception when they head to Loftus Road to face QPR on Sunday.

It was on the same ground in 2011 that Terry was caught up in a race controversy with ex-QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, later cleared in court of racially abusing the player but banned for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for 'using abusive language related to colour'.

"He has been through a lot football-wise in his career," Cahill said in several national newspapers.

"He has been through so many good times, winning trophies and whatnot, and bad times. So in terms of personality he is obviously thick-skinned and that's why I say it won't affect him, and it won't affect us."

"I think he has been there already. It's not as if it's the first time he has been back, he has played there."

Terry was stripped of the England captaincy amid the fall-out, and subsequently announced his retirement from international football.

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