Robbie Williams steals the show but 'flips the bird'

Robbie Williams steals the show but 'flips the bird'

British singer Robbie Williams performs during the Brit Awards 2017 ceremony and live show in London February 22, 2017.

The ceremony was followed by the opening match with hosts Russian Federation routing Saudi Arabia 5-0.

English singer Robbie Williams began the World Cup by displaying an obscene gesture toward the camera during the opening ceremony.

Earlier in the day, the World Cup trophy itself was delivered into the Luzhniki Stadium - where the final will take place in 31 days - by Iker Casillas, a man already well acquainted with the feeling of hoisting it aloft.

Many were left surprised when Federation Internationale de Football Association announced they had lined up the former Take That member to perform at the opening ceremony.

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On 14 June, just a few moments before Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup, three worldwide stars will thrill the fans in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The Fan Fest zone in Moscow is one of 11 sites in each of the World Cup host cities, all of which will be free to enter. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.

Robbie Williams caused controversy by swearing during the World Cup opening ceremony in Russian Federation, while singing his hit "Rock DJ" for millions of viewers around the world. "I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well".

It remains to be known if rapper and actor - Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi who composed the 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup theme song "Live It Up" will be performing at the opening ceremony but it has been revealed that there will be displays by roughly 500 dancers and gymnasts.

The 44 year old delighted with a setlist which included classics Angels and Let Me Entertain You yet all the talk was about his signal, not the singing, on Thursday.

The opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup date is June 14, 2018.

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