As chairman of the amateur club Haldun Şehit told CNN Turk, the move was completed to hire 22-year-old Omar Faruk for 2000 lira ($528) in BTC and 2500 lira ($661) in cash.
OFFICIAL: Turkish amateur side Harunustaspor have signed 22-year-old Omar Faruk in return for Bitcoin. ???? pic.twitter.com/zAt4LJrIVB
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 30, 2018
The move is likely a first in semi-professional sporting circles for player hiring. It follows a bigger move in December in which Bitcoin Suisse opted to pay Denmark club Rungsted Seier Capital’s top player exclusively in Bitcoin, as part of a three-year sponsorship deal.
Referring to the latest move in Turkey, Harunustaspor’s chairman stated:
“We did it to make a name for ourselves in the country and the world… We are proud of this.” […]