FIFA has been accused of nepotism after celebrity chef Salt Pie was allowed onto the pitch to join Argentina’s World Cup celebrations.
The right to touch the trophy is limited to a select group of people, including players who won it and heads of state, but those FIFA regulations did not apply to Salt Bay on Sunday.
After Lionel Messi and his comrades. They beat France on penalties in the most dramatic final ever, and the celebrity chef took full advantage of exclusive access to the players and the trophy.
Fans have been baffled by images of Salt Bae, real name Nusret Gokce, appearing to disturb the winning players as they try to enjoy their stunning victory.
The chef, who is known for his drizzling techniques and charged £1,450 for a steak, has posted a number of pictures on Instagram, including one alongside Argentine hero Messi.
However, footage has since emerged of Missy ignoring Salt Bay twice, before the captain reluctantly agrees to take a picture.
The Turk also shared a clip in which he snatches the trophy from Christian Romero, who was trying to spend a moment with his son, before trying to snatch it from Lisandro Martinez.
Many were quick to highlight Salt Bay’s close relationship with FIFA President Gianni Infantino – and world football’s governing body declined to comment on the matter.
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For former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan, that’s because FIFA has no leg to stand on.
“Maybe he thought he had a hand in the event,” Jordan joked, referring to Chef’s stunt.
“Of course it’s nepotism. It certainly is. You look at him and say, ‘Why is this happening?’ Then you see where Infantino eats when he’s there.
“It’s ridiculous. It’s a ridiculous look. We have Messi wearing a traditional Arab cloak, which is strange but I understand why they did that.”
“Now we have these superstar chefs that we have beef with because they go all out on the field.
It defies convention, it breaks protocol. It looks like nepotism, it smells like nepotism, it walks and talks like nepotism, so guess what it is? It’s a bleeding nepotism.
“He is unprofessional. There is no place for him. He should not have been on the field.”
Infantino made a concerted effort to be the center of attention during the World Cup – from that An hour-long monologue about his unnecessarily long participation in lifting the cup.
And now Jordan points out that the FIFA president’s behavior has come back to bite him.
He added, “What does FIFA do? When they walk around the city, they really let you know they’re there. It’s like the Vatican has fallen in some places.”
“I’m surprised they want that kind of scrutiny. Given Infantino’s gum-flapping nature, he draws attention to everything FIFA does. So you want the look to be right.
“You want standards to be upheld. You don’t need a quality cook running around the field, putting his arm around a player who just won a World Cup. It’s not necessary and it’s not the look we want.”
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