Salt Bay has been criticized for its World Cup campaign
Nusret Gökçe, the owner of the Turkish restaurant that gained fame as Salt Bae, has left the internet in a frenzy on more than one occasion for his slicing and salting of excellent cuts of meat. This week, though, Salt Bay has people in a tizzy for a different reason thanks to his antics at the World Cup Final.
On Sunday, the Argentine team returned home with victory at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium after an intense match against France, and while the team celebrated their victory on the field with friends and family, Salt Bay joined them for some reason.
As if his appearances on the field weren’t already scratch-proof enough, several clips online show Salt Bay trying to hold on to the FIFA World Cup, which he eventually did. But holding the trophy was not enough for the owner of the steakhouse. He also kissed her, sprinkled her with imaginary salt, and gave her a playful slap.
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“A bunch of Salt Bay trying to impress with these guys. So painful to watch. Like forcing himself between two players and trying to take the trophy away while the players try to stay professional, but their faces can clearly be read that they’re upset,” he tweeted. @employee.
In addition to providing heartfelt assistance to the indirect embarrassment, it also violated FIFA’s rules, according to a statement on FIFA’s website.
“As one of the world’s most recognizable sporting icons and an invaluable icon, the authentic FIFA World Cup trophy can only be touched and carried by a very select group of people, including former FIFA World Cup winners and heads of state,” read the statement.
We’re guessing Salt Bae doesn’t fall into any of these categories.
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Danielle Harling is a freelance writer based in Atlanta with a love for colorfully designed spaces, craft cocktails, and online shopping (usually for designer heels). Her past work has appeared in Fodor’s, Forbes, MyDomaine, Architectural Digest, and more.