Turkish Amateur Club Harunustapor Use Bitcoin to Complete Omer Faruk Transfer

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2018

A person holds on January 17, 2018 a visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin, at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT        (Photo credit should read GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkish side Harunustapor have signed Omer Faruk Kiroglu using bitcoin, obtaining the player at a conversion rate of £387.

NTV Spor (h/t Four Four Two) reported the Sakarya First Division Group B side bought the 22-year-old using the cryptocurrency in a historic deal.

Club president Haldun Sehit proclaimed his joy at completing the deal using the decentralised digital money.

Speaking to NTV Spor, Sehit said:

"We did this to make a name for ourselves in the country and the world. This is a first for Turkey and the world in the transfer market.

"Our name is being mentioned on television as if we are a professional club. We are proud of this."

Kiroglu said: "This is a first for me and for the world. As my chairman said, we are doing something new. I am open to new things. I hope this deal works well for both sides."

Bitcoin was created in 2009 and can be used to buy products and services. It has had a huge leap in users and exposure in the past few years.

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