London - iPhone covers shaped like knuckledusters that sold in their thousands after Rihanna was seen using one have been banned from eBay in case they are used to attack people.

The £25 (about R300) aluminium case became a celebrity must-have after the singer was pictured with hers last year.

But eBay has removed the web pages of sellers, saying the cases are legally classed as weapons and breach its guidelines. However, flimsier plastic versions are still for sale.

One trader who sold hundreds said: “Everyone wanted one.” Another added: “It’s a shame. The profit margins on those little beauties were incredible.” - Daily Mail