Bitcoin: Turkish amateur club claim cryptocurrency transfer first

Omer Faruk Kıroglu (left) with club chairman Haldun Sehit
Omer Faruk Kıroglu (left) with club chairman Haldun Sehit displays his payment in Bitcoin

A Turkish amateur side claim they are the first football club to have paid for a player with cryptocurrency.

Omer Faruk Kıroglu was rewarded 0.0524 in Bitcoin (£384.12 at 18:00 GMT) and 2,500 Turkish lira (£467.30) to join Harunustaspor, who compete in the Sakarya First Division Group B.

"We did it to make a name for ourselves in the country and the world," club chairman Haldun Sehit told CNN Turk.external-link

"As my chairman said, we are doing something new," added the player.

Cryptocurrency is growing in popularity within sport.

Arsenal recently signed a sponsorship dealexternal-link with a cryptocurrency company, while Barcelona forward Lionel Messiexternal-link and boxer Floyd Mayweather have promoted the financial technology.

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