The Turkish chef is barred from attending a major cup final in the US after his obnoxious behavior at the FIFA World Cup final.
On December 18, after a nail-biting game of 90 minutes, Argentina beat France by 4-2 on penalties at Lusail Stadium in Qatar.
The most celebrated player of the match aka the GOAT aka Leo Messi – the greatest Lionel Andrés Messi has been in the news even before the final match, and fans have been rooting for his glorious victory in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
After an incredible win against the French, Messi lifted the World Cup for the first time in his career after playing 172 times for his country.
“I wanted to close my career with this, it was the one that was missing so I can no longer ask for anything else,” said Messi, 35, in his victory speech.
“I was able to get the Copa America and now the World Cup that I had fought so hard for. I’ve got it at the end of my career. But I love football and I want to continue living a few more games being world champion.”
The final game was watched by fans all over the world, and millions cheered for his well-deserved win. When Messi lifted the World Cup trophy, his fans smiled and cried simultaneously.
Amid all the celebrations and smiles, there was one thing that greatly pissed Messi fans and football fans in general. People are not at all happy after watching Turkish Chef and Social Media Influencer Salt Bae holding the trophy and acting weirdly as he made his way onto the pitch.
“In a series of videos posted on his own Instagram, the steakhouse magnate interrupted the likes of Angel di Maria, Cristian Romero, and Lisandro Martinez as they posed with the World Cup, leaving the trio looking rather awkward,” quoted Daily Mail.
In viral footage on Twitter, the Turk could be seen engaging with the world champion and trying to get close to him despite Messi’s attempts to avoid him.
The Internet personality famously known as Salt Bae – real name Nusret Gokce, went onto the pitch after the winning team’s trophy celebrations and held the trophy in his hands. He was also seen biting into one of the winner’s medals as he posed for a photo.
As per the rules stated by FIFA, “The original FIFA World Cup Trophy can only be touched and held by a very select group of people, which includes former winners of the FIFA World Cup and heads of state.”
But Salt Bae broke the rules and clicked several photos with the golden accolade in his hands.
The viral footage of the steakhouse magnate having a cringe-worthy exchange with Leo Messi has been doing rounds on different social media platforms. Fans are still questioning FIFA about their decision to let him onto the pitch.
Three days after the final, on December 21, the US Open Cup, equivalent to England’s FA Cup, tweeted on their official Twitter account that Nusret, aka Salt Bae, is banned from attending the 2023 Open Cup Final.
Two days later, the tweet has been liked by more than 151K accounts on the platform, and people have been cheering on the decision. Looking at the virality of the news, several other accounts also followed the lead and posted on their Twitter that the famous chef is also banned for their mega-events.
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