MOSCOW (AFP) – British pop star Robbie Williams triggered a stir throughout his efficiency on the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday (June 14) by making an obscene gesture to a digital camera.
The former Take That frontman raised his center finger on the finish of his efficiency on the Luzhniki Stadium after showing to mouth the phrases “I did this for free”.
The 44-year-old carried out the opening present alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, with the 2 singing a duet of his hit solo tune ‘Angels’.
Williams had additionally sparked controversy in Russia two years in the past for selling stereotypes in regards to the nation together with his tune ‘Party Like a Russian’.
He mentioned when his efficiency on the ceremony was introduced on Monday that it was “a boyhood dream” and could be “an unforgettable show”.
Williams was performing in entrance of 80,000 folks on the stadium, and a global tv viewers of tens of thousands and thousands.
The ceremony was adopted by the opening match with hosts Russia routing Saudi Arabia 5-Zero.