Salt Bae generated significant controversy when he engaged in celebrity action with Lionel Messi after the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup 2022 ultimate match.
Nusret Gokce, the widely recognized chef popularly known as Salt Bae on the internet, sparked controversy during the FIFA World Cup 2022 final in Qatar when he was captured on the field after Argentina’s victory over France. Many fans accused him of attempting to steal the limelight during this historic event, and the situation escalated when photos emerged of him holding the World Cup trophy on the field. In a recent conversation, Salt Bae shared his perspective on the incident and expressed his side.
In a recent statement, Salt Bae explained, “It was a combination of my affection for Argentina and my enthusiasm. I have a deep fondness for Argentina; I have resided there. I attended the match to show my support. Many of the team members have visited my restaurant. I didn’t feel like a stranger. It was an extraordinary moment. Although I cannot change the fact that I was present there, I vow never to set foot on the World Cup field again. With two billion people watching the World Cup, the attention on me has extended far beyond. The entire world, approximately five billion people, is discussing it.”
“I didn’t go onto the field with the intention of advertising; I simply felt like doing it. Then it came as a bit of a surprise. At least another 1,000 people were on the field, but when they showed the video, they made it seem like it was just me. I never wanted to overshadow anything. I didn’t seek attention. I didn’t kick anyone or steal anything,” he added.
The controversy surrounding the incident after the final match did not subside even after the tournament concluded. FIFA, in response, released an official statement addressing the matter. “After a thorough review, FIFA has been investigating the unauthorized access individuals gained to the pitch following the closing ceremony at Lusail Stadium on December 18. Appropriate internal measures will be taken.”