The US Open soccer league has banned celebrity chef Salt Bae from attending its soccer final after the chef’s fiasco at the 2022 World Cup finals celebration.
The Turkish chef was criticized for entering the pitch to celebrate with Argentina’s World Cup winner, where he was seen in videos now circulating online, kissing the trophy, biting the medal of one of the players and asking for a picture of Lionel Messi.
According to FIFA rules, the World Cup trophy can only be held by the winners of the tournament and FIFA officials and heads of state. As a result, FIFA has launched an investigation into how Salt Bae got onto the pitch.
As a result, the US Open soccer league banned the celebrity chef from attending his final match.
As the league announced on its official Twitter page, “Salt Bae is banned from the 2023 @opencup final.”
The US Open Cup is a men’s soccer playoff tournament in the United States and is the country’s oldest domestic soccer competition.
Salt Bae, whose real name is Nusret Gokce, gained “unfair access” to the pitch at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium after Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties in the most electrifying World Cup final.
The entrepreneur was seen twice holding Messi’s arm and was also photographed with Angel di Maria and Lisandro Martinez.
As reported by AFP, a FIFA spokesman who spoke to the BBC said: “Following an investigation, FIFA has determined how individuals gained access to the pitch after the closing ceremony at Lusail Stadium on 18 December.
“Appropriate internal measures will be taken.”
Salt Baek, 39, owns a chain of luxury restaurants around the world, including Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and Knightsbridge in London.
His technique of preparing and seasoning the meat has become an internet meme. He was also photographed performing his signature technique on the World Cup trophy.
Earlier in the World Cup, he posted a video of himself sitting with FIFA president Gianni Infantino during a match.
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