Robbie Williams Gave Us The Finger During World Cup Opening

The singer also tweaked some of his lyrics, but no one is sure why.

We're still trying to finger this one out...

The FIFA World Cup opening ceremony kicked off in Russia overnight with a colourful 15-minute show headlined by Robbie Williams.

Days ago Williams tweeted that he was "very excited" to be returning to Russia to perform at the opening ceremony, promising an "unforgettable show", and he didn't disappoint.

While he struggled through some technical issues in the first few numbers, during his performance of "Rock DJ" the 44-year-old flipped the bird at a camera.

The gesture was accompanied by a slight lyric change, where Williams usually sings, "Pimping ain't easy, most of them fleece me," the former Take That bad boy changed things up adding, "I did this for free".

There has been a confusing response to the very hardcore, edgy gesture with some saying it was aimed at Vladimir Putin -- who was at Luzhniki Stadium during the performance.

There is also a school of thought who believe it was aimed at those who criticised Williams, a LGBTQ advocate, for accepting the gig despite Russia's staunch anti-gay policies.

Williams also performed  his major hits "Let Me Entertain You", "Feel" and did a duet of "Angels" with Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina.

He didn't perform his very real song "Party Like A Russian" though, which is a shame because it absolutely slaps. He told Reuters the decision not to perform "Like a Russian", for which pro-Kremlin media had criticised Williams, wasn't because it would be controversial but because he had been asked to play his hits.

In response to an article in The Sun which wondered if the song mocked Putin, Williams tweeted to the author, "I love you Dan but the song is definitely not about Mr Putin x".

In any case, the gesture could mean FIFA organisers might not be Russian to book Williams for future gigs. Lol.

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