Chelsea skipper John Terry has come under fire for his alleged racial insult to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during the Blues 1-0 loss at Loftus Road.

QPR are expected to hold a meeting with Ferdinand on Tuesday, in order to discuss whether to take-on the matter. The alleged incident occurred during the heated West London derby which saw Chelsea reduced to nine men after José Bosingwa and Didier Drogba got sent off while Heidar Helguson's eighth-minute penalty separated the two sides at full-time. It was QPR's first win over their local rivals in 16 years.

The allegations are currently being assessed by police after a complaint from a member of the public.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: We can confirm that police have been notified of an incident on Sunday 23 October involving alleged racial abuse. This is currently being assessed by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham.

After the game, video clips spread like wildfire across the internet, particularly through Twitter, with amateur lip-readers claiming the footage showed Terry insulting the QPR player using racist language, although it is far from conclusive.

Terry was quick to issue a statement explaining that it was all a misunderstanding and that he had spoken the words in question only to deny to Ferdinand that he had used them previously.

Terry said in a statement: I've seen that there's a lot of comments on the internet with regards to some video footage of me during the game. I'm disappointed that people have leapt to the wrong conclusions about the context of what I was seen to be saying to Anton Ferdinand. I would never say such a thing, and I'm saddened that people would think so.