Turkish chef Nusr-et Gokce has been banned from attending the US Open Cup final, the official Twitter handle of the American soccer tournament said in a tweet. The decision comes after the popular chef’s antics at the FIFA World Cup final left football fans across the world angry.
For those who are unaware, the chef received backlash online after he joined Argentina players and their families at the Lusail Stadium during the World Cup victory celebrations. Even the coveted FIFA trophy was taken by him, and he was seen posing with it. Not only that.
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Even Argentina’s top football player Lionel Messi was pestered for a photo by the well-known chef. But the athlete disregarded him, leaving the area to embrace a teammate. But later, the top player and the cook were able to click.
As for the US Open Cup’s decision, the internet appeared to be in favour of it. “Lmaoooo good call,” a Twitter user wrote. “As a Turkish citizen, this made me very happy. Thank you,” read another tweet.
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Nusret Gokce was photographed clutching and kissing the trophy after Argentina defeated France in the final in Qatar on Sunday.
The Turkish entrepreneur was harshly chastised for twice gripping Messi’s arm as he attempted to avoid unwanted attention.
The 39 years old owns a chain of luxury restaurants around the world including Beverly Hills in Los Angeles and London’s swish Knightsbridge.
His technique for preparing and seasoning meat has become an Internet meme. Earlier in the World Cup, he posted a video of himself at a match sitting alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino.