After the World Cup final, famous chef Salt Bae excitedly posed for pictures with shocked Argentina players, including a perplexed and irate Lionel Messi. FIFA is now looking into how Salt Bae obtained “undue access” to the pitch.
The trophy was seen being held and kissed by Salt Bae, actual name Nusret Gokce, after Argentina defeated France in the final on Sunday (Dec. 18) in Qatar.
The Turkish businessman received harsh criticism for twice gripping Messi’s arm as he tried to avoid the unwanted attention.
Additionally, he was spotted in pictures alongside Lisandro Martinez, Angel di Maria, and even seen biting through another player’s medal.
The World Cup trophy can only be carried by the victors of the competition, as well as individuals like FIFA officials and leaders of state, according to FIFA rules.
FIFA has been investigating how people obtained unauthorized access to the pitch following the Dec. 18 closing ceremony at Lusail Stadium, a spokeswoman informed the BBC.
We will take the proper internal action.
The 39-year-old Salt Bae is the owner of a network of opulent eateries across the globe, including Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and London’s posh Knightsbridge.
His method of flavoring and cooking meat has gone viral online.
He uploaded a video earlier in the World Cup showing him sitting next to FIFA president Gianni Infantino at a game.