– A soccer referees decision to toss a bitcoin before the start of a recent match between Istanbul giants Beikta and Fenerbahe has sparked controversy in Turkey.
– The countrys football authority is trying to establish why a crypto coin was used for the ritual when that role should have been reserved for the Turkish lira.
– Before every soccer match, the referee would flip a coin to determine which team is going to start with the football.
– The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) is now examining the case as according to its rules, referees are only allowed to use either a 1-lira coin or a special referee coin with one side showing a goalpost, and the other a football.
– The 34-year-old, a FIFA-licensed referee with 25 matches in his record this season, is suspected of having signed an agreement with a cryptocurrency platform without the approval of the governing bodies.
– Turkish media outlets remark that the kick-off ceremony for the Beikta Fenerbahe derby was also covered by many global sports websites, with commentators suggesting that FIFA, the International Federation of Association Football, and UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, may also get involved in the case.