Robbie Williams and his middle finger spikes Google Search

Robbie Williams and his middle finger spikes Google Search

Robbie Williams and his middle finger spikes Google Search

Argentina's Nestor Pitana will referee the opening World Cup match on Thursday when hosts Russian Federation play Saudi Arabia, FIFA has announced.

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

The two-time World Cup champion shaped to take the opening kick of the tournament but pulled out, inviting the child to pass it to the official World Cup mascot, a wolf named Zabivaka.

The World Cup is here and video assistant referees will be new addition at this year's event. The Guardian reported that he had said he was "happy and excited" and to perform at the opening, and that it was the "fulfillment of a boyhood dream". "We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show". He had been expected to perform the World Cup's official song, Colours, at the celebratory bash.

We're still unsure why Williams flipped off the camera during his performance, but there's a lot of talk about whether he'll get in trouble, with reports saying the gesture may have breached Russia's broadcast guidelines.

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The 44-year-old opened with his 1998 single Let Me Entertain You at the start of proceedings after spending time on stage with former Brazil striker Ronaldo.

Williams was joined by an army of colourful dancers representing the nations taking part in the competition, Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, harpist Alexander Boldachev, and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, who performed Angels with the singer.

Seemingly hitting back at his critics, Robbie had changed the lyrics to his song Rock DJ to "I did this for free".

In typical rockstar fashion, Williams surprised his worldwide audience by flipping off a camera near the climax of his performance.

And just when fans thought the performances were over, Williams pumped up the crowd once again, exclaiming, "Can I kick it?!"

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