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

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The 44-year-old did not explain his gesture but he appeared to mouth the phrase "I did this for free" - a response to criticism for gracing an event dear to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

Averbukh said he did not believe Williams' gesture was meant to insult Russians. "Williams did not want to offend our country with this gesture".

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It was a knee-length pair of heavy-duty felt boots and they were handed over, he said, in honour of Mohamed Salah's birthday. With Egypt missing the goal threat of Mo Salah, Uruguay were always likely to have the better chances to break the deadlock.

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

At Luzhniki stadium hosted the spectacular show during which he performed pop singer Robbie Williams and Opera singer Aida Garifullina.

In Moscow took place the opening ceremony of the world Cup in 2018.

A long-time Kremlin critic had lambasted Williams for deciding to sing at the ceremony beforehand, while a campaign group had offered to brief him on Russia's human rights record.

Russian musicians featured heavily, from harpist and composer Alexander Boldachev to pianist Daniil Trifonov and Garifullina, who performed a duet with Williams.

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