Jan 28 2012 By Yann Tear
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ANTON Ferdinand earned the highest praise from Mark Hughes for his refusal to allow hate mail to prevent him from turning out against Chelsea.
The QPR defender received a 'malicious communication' on the eve of Saturday's derby and it was considered sufficiently serious for the club to hand over the letter to police. It was said to contain pellets as well as a threatening letter.
“He [Ferdinand] was a sent a letter with pellets, or something like that, and we gave it straight to the police to deal with it and we took direction from them,” said the QPR boss.
“We were right to be concerned about the contents of a letter, because I had an opportunity to read it and it wasn't particularly nice, as you can imagine.
“But we took advice from police and security and felt that obviously if there was a real, real danger, that would have been communicated to us.
“Anton was very positive in his manner and what he wanted to do today and I'm really pleased for him. I think it's important that he went out and faced what he had to and he's come out with a lot of credit.”
Hughes added: “I thought Anton has conducted himself really really well. Not only this week, but for a number of weeks and I thought he was excellent in this game as well.
“It was difficult situation for him. The focus seemed to be all on Anton, which is understandable I suppose given what happened in the last 48 hours.
"For him to come through that gives him great credit. He was always of the mind that he was going to play today and he put in a really good performance.
“I had no hesitation in playing him and that [decision] has been borne out by his performance. If I'd had any doubts, I would have taken him out, but never felt the need.”