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Robbie Williams says World Cup middle finger wasn’t planned

By | Published on Wednesday 20 June 2018

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Robbie Williams has spoken about his World Cup opening ceremony performance. And, more specifically, the middle finger he flashed to the camera during it.

“I thought to myself it would be really important at these kind of things to not cause an international incident – and do you know what, I managed it”, he joked on ITV’s ‘This Morning.

Williams was criticised for accepting the booking to play the Russia hosted World Cup in the first place, of course. And although his hand gesture didn’t appear on the UK broadcast of his performance, it was seen by US viewers, causing broadcaster Fox to issue a hasty apology.

Asked if he regretted the finger incident, Williams said: “Yeah, of course. I can’t trust me, I cannot trust me. I don’t know what I’m going to do at any time. The plan was sing in key, don’t fall over. That was the plan, and 99% of the plan I pulled off”.



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