Harunustaspor have signed 22-year old Omer Faruk Kiroglu for 2,000 liras (£377.6) worth of Bitcoin and 2,500 liras in cash, for a sum total of 4,500 liras.
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Club chairman Haldun Sehit declared that the move was the first of its kind by a sports club in Turkey and worldwide. “We did it to make a name for ourselves in the country and the world… We are proud of this,” he was quoted as saying.
“This is a first for me and for the world,” Kiroglu said
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