Robbie Williams causes a stir with middle-fingered salute at opening ceremony

Sherman Parsons
June 15, 2018

EMPICS Sport Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina perform at the opening ceremony.

"It is surprising and disappointing to hear that such a great British artist as Robbie Williams, who has been an ally of human rights campaigns and the LGBT+ community, has apparently agreed to be paid by Russian Federation and FIFA to sing at the World Cup opener", he said.

Robbie Williams, the English pop-star started the gala with his one of the most iconic songs of all time, "Let me entertain you".

Fans from all over the world witnessed a glitzy and glamorous affair at the opening event of the much awaited FIFA World Cup 2018.

Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018, in Moscow, Russia.

Tomorrow Morocco's kick-off game against Iran will take place in the St. Petersburg Stadium at 3:00 p.m.

There was a dazzling on-pitch light show to accompany Williams and opera star Garifullina, with performers dressed in the colors of each of the 32 World Cup teams bopping to the music.

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However, Williams couldn't resist a naughty gesture as the TV cameras zoomed in for a close-up, showing the world his middle finger.

The 2018 World Cup begins today, but while many are waiting for the games to begin, others are looking forward to the opening ceremony.

He said earlier that he was "happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

He added: "Football will conquer Russian Federation, and from Russian Federation, football will conquer the world".

The British singer and songwriter was performing one of his hit singles "Rock DJ", and could be heard saying "I did this for free" before flipping the camera off.

Football fans exploded on Twitter after noticing the ageing singer stick his middle finger up when leaving the pitch following a performance of his hit song Angels as part of Thursday afternoon's proceedings.

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