Turkey: Football Chairman ‘Proud’ To Hire Player For Bitcoin In New First

Turkish football team Harunustaspor announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, that it will pay a player partially in Bitcoin (BTC), local news outlet CNN Turk reports.

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.

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.” […]

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