02/07/2014 03:28 EST | Updated 02/07/2014 03:59 EST

Rob Ford Visited By Police About Threat To His Safety

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TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 2: Rob Ford looking a little lighter. Mayor Rob Ford Denzil Minnan-Wong and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announced the plan to start cleaning up the downed trees from the big Christmas storm. Toronto, January 2, 2014. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was visited by two uniformed police officers in his office Friday afternoon, sparking a flurry among reporters at City Hall.

But the speculation was quickly put to rest by the mayor's press secretary, who informed journalists that police wanted to talk to the mayor about a threat to his safety.

The mayor's office hasn't offered any particulars on the nature of the threat.

Ford had already spent much of Friday at the centre of controversy. This time around, it's because of his request to remove a Pride flag that's been raised at city hall for the duration of the Sochi Olympics.

Ford told reporters he wants a Canadian flag raised instead.

"This is about the Olympics, this is about being patriotic to your country," he said. "This is not about somebody's sexual preference."

When told the gesture was meant to protest anti-gay laws in Russia, Ford replied: "Let Russia do what they want. We're Canadians here.''

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