Salt Bae is now banned from US Open Cup for his behavior at FIFA World Cup Final
After causing outrage at FIFA World Cup celebration, Turkish chef Nusr-et Gokce, or “Salt Bae,” is prohibited from attending the US Open Cup final. Established in 1914, it has now become the premier American soccer event. In a tweet, the US Open Cup verified the news.
The US Open Cup tweeted, “Salt Bae is hereby banned from the 2023 @opencup Final.”
The decision was made because the celebrity chef raised a scene and violated a major FIFA regulation at the World Cup final. When he forced his way onto the field during the World Cup festivities being held by Argentina’s players and their family in the Lusail Stadium, he left the supporters extremely irritated. The Turkish salt sprinkler was witnessed snatching the valuable FIFA trophy from other players and posing with it, in flagrant violation of FIFA regulations.
Not content with that, the chef then began hassling Lionel Messi for a photo, but Messi continued to ignore him in favour of hugging his teammates. Salt Bae ignored the warnings and continued to harass Messi until he was able to secure a photo opportunity. Additionally, he was spotted biting some of the champions’ medals while posing with teammates Alexis MacAllister, Paulo Dybala, Nicolas Otamendi, Angel di Maria, and Leandro Paredes.
Fans took to social media to express their dismay at the presence of the 39-year-old player, with many wondering how he was granted access to the field.
Only the chosen few are permitted to touch the 18-carat gold trophy, which is said to be worth about USD$20 million. Only World Cup winners and heads of state are allowed to touch and hold the original FIFA World Cup Trophy, as stated on the official FIFA website.