British dignitaries, including politicians and members of the Royal family, have vowed to steer clear of the World Cup in Russia, which is hosting this year’s tournament, kicking off today. The main reason, of course, is in protest over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nerve-agent attacks on suspected spies in March.
But one Brit will shamelessly be making his way to Moscow to perform in front of Putin and 80,000 football fans that are sure to pack Luzhniki Stadium. His name? Robbie Williams. And he’s being criticised for having “sold his soul”.
While Robbie may just be an avid football fan who wouldn’t miss a World Cup if his life depended on it, sadly his career does depend on his leisurely decisions, and most would agree committing to a performance that virtually legitimises Putin’s thuggish regime is a bad move.
Williams said in an official Fifa statement that it was his “boyhood dream” to open the World Cup in front of 80,000 football fans, adding “I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance.”
Perhaps he’s not been reading the news lately… And if he does pick up a paper or hop online today, he may just change his mind about this latest tragic gig. Antonino Tati