OFF THE POST: Close enough

In Israel, a nationally televised match between Maccabi Netanya and Maccabi Petah Tikva was delayed almost an hour because there was no fire truck at hand, as regulations require.

Fire fighters, on strike because they hadn't been paid the previous month's wages, refused to relent and provide the vehicle.

A Netanya official announced he had secured a truck from a private firm, and the game was finally allowed to proceed - even though the vehicle that arrived turned out to be sewage-pumping truck.

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