Planet Charity: When charity arm wrestling goes wrong in Australia

Plus: charity basketball match in the US leads to handbags with referee, and bunfight ensues because of French food law

Planet Charity: stories strange but true
Planet Charity: stories strange but true

In Australia, a regular slot on a rugby league show in which various tough guys take each other on in a charity arm wrestle took an unexpected turn when one managed to break the other's arm.

The match was part of the NRL Footy Show's Iron Arm Challenge and featured the former league star Wendell Sailor and his fellow ex-pro Ben Ross. It all seemed pretty even at first, until Ross was left at a rather obvious disadvantage when his forearm abruptly went snap. Cue some rather fruity language, a change of camera angle and a swift advertising, er, break.

Over in St Louis in the US, a charity basketball game to raise funds for a local non-violence charity went awry when one of the celebrities involved tried to pick a fight with the referee. The rapper Lil Wayne, who was coaching one of the teams in the match, set up to benefit the charity campaign Put Down the Pistol, took exception to some of the calls made by the ref and a bout of handbags at five paces swiftly broke out. Thankfully, some of his team stepped in before anything untoward took place.

There was also a bunfight in France, where the national assembly passed a law that will prevent supermarkets from binning unsold food and force them to pass it to charities or for animal feed as part of a move to crack down on food waste. The law will force retailers to sign deals with charities and ban them from deliberately spoiling old stock. The move has gone down well with charities, but it has stuck in the throat of the businesses, which complain of the administrative bellyache they will suffer when the rules come into force in July next year. Bon appetit.

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