Revealed: Steak tycoon Salt Bae broke FIFA rules by holding the World Cup…as football chiefs face questions about why a celebrity-hunting chef should be allowed onto the pitch
FIFA is facing questions after celebrity chef Nusret Goksi – better known as Salt Bae – somehow managed to get onto the pitch at Lusail Stadium after the World Cup final and was seen touching the famous trophy.
Gucci is seen grabbing Argentina captain Lionel Messi in an attempt to get his attention, despite being repeatedly rejected by the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.
The notorious chef remained on the field among the celebrating Argentina players and flouted strict FIFA rules about who might touch the World Cup – which Messi and company lifted after a stunning final that ended in a penalty shootout.
Salt Bae – also known as Nusret Gokce – broke FIFA rules on who may touch the World Cup
Football’s governing body has very strict rules about the trophy, and there is a very specific list of people allowed to touch it, according to their website.
“Its current design dates back to 1974,” the website says. As one of the world’s most recognizable sporting symbols and an invaluable icon, the authentic FIFA World Cup can only be touched and carried by a very select group of people, including former FIFA World Cup winners and heads of state. “.
Although he is fast friends with notorious FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Gokce – owner of the steakhouse chain – does not fall under any of the above criteria, and thus appears to fall afoul of this particular set of guidelines.
He was seen trying to get Lionel Messi’s attention only to have the PSG star ignore him at first
He was also pictured with official approval from FIFA while on the pitch on Sunday night, though the board has not commented on how this happened.
The restaurant tycoon is seen on the field as the Argentine players celebrate
Gökçe’s friendship with Infantino is well documented, with the latter visiting the former Qatar Steakhouse during the tournament, and he can be heard in a video saying: “Football unites the world and Nusrat also unites the world.”
If there is any indication that Gokce has in fact been given official accreditation by FIFA, this could leave them vulnerable to hints of special treatment for those close to their Swiss-born boss.
Salt Bae – derived from its infamous method of salting the meat it serves in its expensive restaurants – is no stranger to the interest of the game’s biggest stars, with a slew of football icons frequenting its establishments on a regular basis.
Yet in Messi he found someone who seemed less than willing to give him any attention the day he saw him arguably launch himself into the conversation of football eternity at last, though he did eventually snap a photo.
Even those suiting up for the trophy have been criticized for taking to the field, with French President Emmanuel Macron part of a high-profile attempt to rouse the spirits of hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe after the final whistle.
Eventually Messi let Gokce take a picture of him even though he seemed unhappy about it
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