2022 AFL Grand Final: Robbie Williams wears ‘f*** off’ bracelet at pre-game entertainment press conference

It’s been a bad week for the AFL, with grotesque allegations of mistreatment of First Nations players in Hawthorn, which should be a celebration of the best the game has to offer.

So it must have been a relief for chief executive Gillon McLachlan and other bigwigs to divert the issue for a media opportunity with some of the entertainers who will be rocking the grand finale at the MCG on Saturday.

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But was there a hidden message among all the fanfare?

British hitmaker Robbie Williams was among the artists on the floor with McLachlan on Thursday to promote the lineup, which also includes Delta Goodrem, G-Flip, Katie Noonan, Ngairre, Goanna, Tasman Keith, The Temper Trap and Mike Brady.

Headliner Williams, a bona fide fiendish pop star hailing from the West Midlands, sported a mullet mohawk haircut and a sequin leather combination jacket in a red and black check pattern.

Robbie Williams wore an expletive bracelet on Thursday at a media opportunity announcing the AFL Grand Final entertainment lineup in the MCG. Credit: Sam Tabone/Getty Images

Then, among the rest of the bling, there was the silver bracelet emblazoned with the words “f*** off”.

“I do know a little bit about footy,” Williams told reporters.

“I haven’t fully picked a team that I’m going to support in the regular play area and I’m not picking a team for the finals.. and I don’t want the other half (of the audience) booing at me while I’m singing.

“Honored to be part of the occasion.”

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and Robbie Williams are seen holding the Premiership Cup during the AFL Grand Final entertainment media opportunity. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

AFL Grand Final Timetable


1.25 pm – Welcome to the Country by Uncle Colin Hunter Jr

13:26 – Grand Final Motorcade in Toyota HiLux Vehicles

13:33 – Mike Brady

13:40 – Pre Match Entertainment – ​​Robbie Williams with Delta Goodrem

2:11 p.m. – Referee registration and delivery of Toyota match balls

2.13 pm – 2.16 pm – Teams come in

2:24 pm – MC Hamish McLachlan – Recognition of the country

2:25 pm – Delivery of the Premiership Cup 2022 by Bachar Houli, Premiership Cup Ambassador

2:26 p.m. – National Anthem performed by Katie Noonan

2:28 pm – toss coin

2.30 pm – 2022 AFL Grand Final begins


Half Time Entertainment – lineup of Australian musicians G Flip, The Temper Trap with Budjerah and Ngaiire, Goanna with Shane Howard, Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton and The Australian Girls Choir.


Final Siren, followed by the awarding of the umpires’ medals (to be presented by John Sutcliffe), Norm Smith Medal (to be presented by Nathan Buckley), Jock McHale (to be presented by John Nicholls) Medal, premiership medallions (to be presented by presented by by AFL Auskick participants), the Premiership Cup (to be presented by a great club from the past).

Note: All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time

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