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Barca president Laporta "received death threats"

Joan Laporta has claimed he has reported a series of death threats to Spanish police.

The Barcelona president confirmed to the club's official website that he wanted the police to make every effort to discover who is behind the threats.

Laporta has made himself unpopular with some fans after taking a stuff stance against the club's hooligan element since being elected six years ago. It is not the first time he has been targeted.

"I will report every one of these threats to the police, who are the ones responsible for investigating them," he said at a ceremony inaugurating a Barca fan club.

Meanwhile, captain Carles Puyol is still pondering the offer of a new contract and will make his decision known by the end of the year.

"He already knows our decision, that we want him to continue and for that reason he has an offer," Laporta said on the club's website. "We have to respect that he wants time to come to a decision but we would like him to make it before the end of the year."

Spain international Puyol, 31, made his debut for Barca's first team 10 years ago against Real Valladolid and has played 448 matches since then, scoring seven goals. He is out of contract at the end of the season.

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