Robbie Williams flips the bird during World Cup opening ceremony performance

Robbie Williams flips the bird during World Cup opening ceremony performance

The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2018 saw the cheekiest moments when British popstar did the unthinkable.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 14: British popstar 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.

The opening ceremony started at 3.30pm BST, just half-an-hour before the first match got underway at 4pm BST.

Robbie Williams turned the air blue at the FIFA 2018 World Cup before the action on the pitch had even began, flipping the finger at a cameraman as he opened the football event in Russian Federation.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner's Trophy on display.

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Aida Garifullina is a revered and multiple-award-winning Russian operatic soprano singer.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament.

She performed a duet of Williams' smash-hit Angels with the Stoke-born singer, who also closed the ceremony with the hit. Garifullina left the field and Williams delivered a spirited performance of "Rock DJ - Can I Kick It", along the side lines, so that the field could be cleared to make way for the big game.

But never one to let the chance to steal some attention go by, Williams shocked some viewers by offering a quick middle finger to the camera on the sideline, right at the close of the song-and-dance number.

The ceremony began just 30 minutes before the opening game between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

Williams, 44, has received criticism for agreeing to appear at the event amid strained relations between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation - in the wake of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury earlier this year - and general controversy surrounding the regime of president Vladimir Putin.

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