UK Pop Star Robbie Williams Kicks Off World Cup With His Finger

Robbie Williams

However, we were all reminded of him on Thursday when he made a decision to flip off cameras filming his opening ceremony performance ahead of the first World Cup game.

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance", Williams said.

Usually, the competition is opened by a brief celebration which features exciting musical performances and an array of exotic displays - this edition is no different.

The opening ceremony was due to be followed by a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia.

Like every World Cups, this year too there was a stunning opening ceremony in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

After an bad lot of build-up the World Cup finally gets underway today, and that means the traditional opening ceremony will confuse and bore us all before the first match.

Robbie Williams marred what had been a vintage performance of his greatest hits during the World Cup's opening ceremony by signing off with an obscene hand gesture.

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British pop star Robbie Williams appeared to tell critics that he performed at Thursday's opening ceremony of the football World Cup "for free", showing his middle finger to a live television camera.

# Ronaldo (the original one) walked out onto the pitch accompanied with World Cup 2018 mascot.

The World Cup 2018 got off to a spectacular start this morning as the inaugural ceremony warmed up the 80,000-strong crowd before the match between host Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Opera singer Placido Domingo, popularly known as "the King of Opera" also performed at the grand event.

In the United States, a spokesperson for the FOX network said they were sorry the crude finger was blasted onto screens nationwide. With millions of people around the world from more than 200 countries watching, the ceremony event will begin on 6:30 pm (IST) before 30 minutes of kick off fixture between host Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

The plans for the opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium had been a closely guarded secret.

The show ended with Williams and Garifullina joining forces for a duet of his single Angels as the crowd sang along.

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