Toronto budget chief denies tickling Rob Ford

Budget chief Frank Di Giorgio shares a moment with Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday. (REUTERS/Aaron...

Budget chief Frank Di Giorgio shares a moment with Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday. (REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:59 PM ET

TORONTO ─ Budget chief Frank Di Giorgio wasn’t in a tickle fight with Mayor Rob Ford on Thursday.

Photos of the two horsing around on the council floor during the budget debate were quickly going viral Friday. Without any context, the photos appear to show a smiling Di Giorgio was tickling a laughing Ford.

U.S. websites who have come to know Ford through his ongoing crack cocaine scandal were quick to pick-up the photos and splash them online.

“Oh my God! You’ve got to be kidding,” Di Giorgio told QMI Agency on Friday when he heard the news of his growing fame as the other guy in the photo with Ford.

(REUTERS/Aaron Harris)

Di Giorgio confirmed the moment had nothing to do with tickling and everything to do with football ─ both Ford and Di Giorgio are former high school football coaches.

“The mayor and I share a background in football, any time the mayor, let’s say gets angry with me, I say, ‘You know what, we’ve got to settle this on the football field,’” he said. “I said to him let’s get down into a three-point stance and we’ll fire out at each other and we’ll see who wins on this thing.

“It was all in fun,” Di Giorgio said.


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