A football referee’s decision to throw a bitcoin before the start of a recent match between Istanbul giants Besiktas and Fenerbahce has sparked controversy in Turkey. The country’s football authorities are trying to determine why the crypto coin was used in rituals, a role that was supposed to be reserved for the Turkish lira.

Bitcoin coin tossed at football game investigated in Turkey

Turkish daily Hürriyet wrote in an article about the sporting event that Istanbul FC Besiktas and Fenerbahce’s recent clash ended in a 1-1 draw, but it wasn’t the fierceness that drew the most attention. the match of. The newspaper noted that photos posted on social media showed referees flipping a bitcoin-branded coin in the most dramatic kick-off ceremony.

Before every football game, the referee flips a coin to decide which team will start the game. The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) is currently reviewing the case because, according to its rules, referees can only use a 1 lira coin or a special referee coin that shows the goalposts on one and the football on the other.

Former referee Murat Fevzi Tanırlı once described Derby referee Arda Kardeşler’s coin selection as a “monkey trick”. Tanırlı accused his colleagues of tarnishing the industry’s reputation, expressed hope that the investigation would shed light on his true intentions, and warned that Kardeşler could be punished for his actions. In further comment on the incident, the veteran referee said:

It’s not forgetfulness, it’s a move. I really don’t understand why such an experienced referee should be shocked by this.

In a statement cited by the Anadolu Agency, the TFF said that Kardesler flipped the “commemorative bitcoins” without the knowledge or approval of the federal or Turkish Central Referee Council. The 34-year-old FIFA-licensed referee, who has a record of 25 games this season, is suspected of signing deals with cryptocurrency without approval from the governing body.

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Turkish media commented that the kick-off ceremony of the Besiktas-Fenerbahçe derby was also covered by many global sports websites, with commentators suggesting that FIFA and UEFA UEFA may also be involved in the case.

Hürriyet pointed out that some online sites sell bitcoin commemorative coins. The paper also noted that some cryptocurrency have signed commercial and sponsorship deals with sports teams, and Turkish athletes have been involved in some of their ads over the past few years.

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