British pop star Robbie Williams has broken his arm playing soccer - but he refuses to wear a cast to help his fractured bone heal speedily.

The MILLENNIUM singer is in the middle of a demanding promotional tour for his new album INTENSIVE CARE, and found the plaster cast too restrictive at such a crucial time.

He says his arm, which he injured following "a proper cartoon fall" on the soccer field, was "too hot and uncomfortable" in the cast for him to be able to concentrate on performing.