- Robbie Williams was the star attraction of the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow
- The English singer had a strange message for the world’s media
- During a pause in one of his songs, Williams strode to a nearby camera, showed his middle finger
Robbie Williams kicked off the most controversial FIFA World Cup yet held in equally controversial style. The English performer paused during one of his songs, strode up to a nearby camera and showed his middle finger to the world.
Stunned fans from across the world watched as Williams delivered his strange and somewhat obscure message to the world.
Williams was the marquee performer of the opening ceremony and performed a compilation of his greatest hits before making the strange gesture. Fans of the singer were glad to see Williams looking healthy after his recent health problems.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Williams was joined on the field by a multitude of colourful dancers, performers and other musicians. Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldo also joined the festivities.
Williams gave no hints that something was amiss before the opening ceremony and seemed to be in fine spirits. Stuff.co.nz reported that Williams told Russian reporters before the event that he was happy and excited to return to Russia.
He said that while he had done many things during his long career in the entertainment industry, being a part of the World Cup opening ceremony was something he dreamed of as a boy.
Businessinsider.co.za reported that Fox media apologised for broadcasting the moment when Williams showed his middle finger to the world. The broadcaster said the stunt by Williams was not a scheduled part of the show.
While social media users have blasted Williams for ‘flipping the bird’ the largely Russian crowd did not seem to mind and thought it was part of the show. Williams received a rapturous send-off when he completed his set.
Williams has not commented on the message or what he was trying to imply. He has over the years had an infamously volatile relationship with the world’s media.
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