Lawsuit lights fire under Flyers, Leafs for playoffs A Philly fan has alleged that he was assaulted by Toronto's Tie Domi at a game two years ago.

Posted: April 03, 2003

The war of words in advance of a potential Flyers-Toronto Maple Leafs playoff series continued yesterday.

Toronto right winger Tie Domi, told of a recent lawsuit filed against him by a Flyers fan who got into a fight with him in the penalty box two years ago, suggested the Flyers are behind the whole caper.

"To be honest, I thought it was an April Fool's joke," Domi said from Toronto. "I don't really know much about it yet. I'll find out the details and deal with it. It might be Philly trying to stir up something two years later because we're playing against them. It's two years later but, who knows? I wouldn't put it past Philly."

Domi figures the Flyers and Leafs will meet in the playoffs. It's still a strong possibility.

According to a newspaper report, Christopher Falcone, 38, of Havertown, alleges that he was pummeled by Domi on March 29, 2001, during a Flyers game at the First Union Center.

The report quoted Falcone's attorney, John P. Williamson of Broomall, as saying the suit was filed Monday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against Domi, the Leafs, the National Hockey League and Comcast-Spectacor Inc., which owns the Flyers and the arena. The Flyers were not listed.

Falcone and Williamson could not be reached for comment.

The Falcone-Domi incident was seen on television and shows Falcone falling over the glass behind the box and fighting with Domi. Falcone has alleged that Domi taunted fans around him by spraying them with a water bottle. Falcone contends that he leaned over the glass to get the water bottle and the glass partition caved.

The two were seen on TV grappling with each other. The suit, which seeks less than $50,000 in damages, alleges that Domi "violently and brutally assaulted and battered" Falcone, according to the report.

Pat Quinn, Toronto coach and general manager, "will talk to our team lawyers and we'll find out the details but I really have no answers right now," Domi said.

Neither does Comcast-Spectacor. "We have no knowledge of any lawsuit," Peter Luukko, president of Comcast-Spectacor Ventures, said yesterday.

Domi was asked if this was a potential playoff distraction.

"It's not a distraction to me, so don't ask me about it again," he said.

Contact staff writer Tim Panaccio

at 215-854-2847 or tpanaccio@phillynews.com.

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