Fox Apologises For Robbie Williams World Cup Gesture

Yolanda Curtis
June 17, 2018

Thirty minutes before the Group A opener between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the show began with a performance of work by celebrated Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

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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.

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Just before making the gesture, Williams also added the line "I did this for free" to his lyrics.

In any case, the gesture could mean Federation Internationale de Football Association organisers might not be Russian to book Williams for future gigs. Lol. Despite the gesture, England defender Kyle Walker poked fun at the situation, tweeting: "'So nice of Robbie to say hello to Dele Alli".

US broadcaster FOX has apologized for an obscene gesture shown by the British artist Robbie Williams.

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In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox said, "The 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony was a newsworthy event produced by a third party and carried live on Fox".

The singer's PR team declined to comment, but Williams, who has previously sung at private parties organised by wealthy Russians, told Reuters he liked visiting the country and said performing at the opening ceremony was an honour.

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