The football referee’s decision to toss bitcoin before the start of the last match between Istanbul giants Besiktas and Fenerbahce has sparked controversy in Turkey. The country’s football body is trying to determine why a cryptocurrency was used for rituals when that role should have been assigned to the Turkish lira.
Bitcoin Coin Toss in Football Game Under Investigation in Turkey
The Turkish daily Hurriyet wrote in an article about the sporting event that the last confrontation between the Istanbul clubs Besiktas and Fenerbahce ended in a 1-1 draw, but it is not the narrow match that drew attention. With photos posted on social media showing the referee flipping a bitcoin-branded coin, it was the kick-off ceremony that took center stage, the paper notes.
Before every football match, the referee would flip a coin to decide which team would start football. The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) is now checking the case according to its rules, referees are only allowed to use a 1 lira coin or a special referee coin, with one side showing a goal post, and the other a soccer ball.
Former referee Murat Vivzi Tanereli has been quoted as describing the choice of derby currency Arda Kardashler as a “monkey trick”. Accusing his colleague of denigrating the profession, Tannerley hoped the investigation would shed light on his true intent, and warned that Cardiler might be punished for his act. In further comments about the incident, the veteran referee stated:
This isn’t forgetting, it’s movement. I really can’t understand why such an expert judge caused the scandal of this event.
In a statement reported by Anadolu Agency, TFF said Kardeşler flipped the “Memorial Bitcoin” without the knowledge or approval of the Federation or the Central Arbitration Committee of Turkey. The 34-year-old, a FIFA authorized referee who has 25 matches on his record this season, is suspected of having signed an agreement with a cryptocurrency platform without the approval of the governing bodies.
Turkish media reports that the Besiktas-Fenerbahce derby kick-off ceremony was also covered by several global sports websites, with commentators suggesting that FIFA, FIFA and UEFA, the European Football Association, may be. get involved in the case.
Hurriyet reports that many online shopping sites are selling souvenir bitcoins. The daily also notes that a number of cryptocurrency platforms have signed commercial and sponsorship deals with sports teams and Turkish athletes have already participated in some of their advertisements in the past few years.
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