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UPDATE: Rob Ford photo shows a tackle, not a tickle

City councillor Frank Di Giorgio says appearances can be deceiving

Rob Ford has promised "outright war" in the coming municipal election, but a tickle war?

At City Hall on Thursday, a Canadian Press photographer snapped a photo that appears to show a giggling mayor being tickled by budget chief Frank Di Giorgio.

The photo has been picked up by news agencies around the globe.

But Di Giorgio says he was not tickling the Mayor but rather sharing a joke about settling a dispute over the city budget on the football field.

"I went up to him and I said 'look, the best way to settle this is on the football field so why don't both of us get into a 3-point stance and fire out at one another," the Budget Chair says.

"What I did was imitate going out at him as two linemen would bump out at each other on the line (of scrimmage) and I essentially pushed him back because I got the jump on him ... it appears as if I'm tickling him but that's not what it is," he laughs.

Both Di Giorgio and Ford are ex-high school football coaches.

"(Ford) was angry but still understood that our disagreement wasn't personal," he says.

Di Giorgio shot down the suggestion that tickle fights might been a good way to ease tension in Toronto's often-rancorous council chamber.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 01/31/2014 12:24 PM
    I can see it now.. on top of the Rob Ford bobble head dolls, the new merchandise will be a Tickle Me Robbie doll...
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/31/2014 01:01 PM
      @Angry Bill LOL....love this pic. And here people thought Ford can't build bridges ;p

      Good thing this wasn't an exchange between Ford and Pam McConnel(?). She might've called 'bloody murder'.
    2. Frankie posted on 01/31/2014 02:13 PM
      @Karl Burgin Isn't she taking a medical leave of absence and filing a claim with Worker's Comp because he accidentally knocked her over?

      She should take a permanent leave without pay.
  2. John posted on 01/31/2014 01:36 PM
    I didn't know Frank was a chubby chaser :)
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 02/03/2014 09:14 AM
      @John Donny P(utz) is disappointed it wasn't him with the tickle fingers...
  3. dama posted on 01/31/2014 03:10 PM
    Epic picture.. the softer side of City Hall.

    Rob Ford the Big Teddy Bear.. lol
  4. TZone posted on 02/01/2014 12:38 PM
    Disturbing in so many ways. So proud to be joke city.
    1. dama posted on 02/04/2014 02:37 PM
      @TZone Sad that you can only see the negative..

      Lighten up and smell the fresh brewed coffee..
      ;have a sip and relax
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