Barca boss receives death threat graffiti

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  • Saturday, 15 Nov 2003

MADRID: Barcelona president Joan Laporta has had the walls around his home daubed with death threats signed by the club’s radical band of fans the Boixos Nois in response to his attempts to clamp down on the group’s activity. 

“Laporta, we are going to kill you,” and “The Nou Camp is our home, yours is in the grave” were two of the more extreme pieces of graffiti near the Barca president’s home yesterday. 

Laporta, who was elected president of the Catalan club in June, said the matter was now in the hands of the police. 

“We have to be on guard against the activity of these groups and make no concessions to the perpetrators of violence,” he told Spanish state television. 

Laporta has been one of the most active club presidents in the Primera Liga in supporting measures to eradicate the crowd violence that has plagued the sport in Spain in recent seasons. 

Since his election as president he has stopped the practice of giving the Boixos Nois (Mad Boys) free tickets to matches and discount trips to away games and has ordered the closure of the room in the Nou Camp where they used to store their banners. – Reuters 

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