ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish amateur league soccer club has signed a player by paying him with bitcoin in what the club chairman says is the first signing of a player in cryptocurrency.

Harunustaspor chairman Haldun Sehit told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency late Tuesday that the club paid Omer Faruk Kiroglu 2,000 Turkish liras worth of bitcoin (0.0534 bitcoin) in addition to 2,000 Turkish lira ($540).

Sehit told Anadolu the club decided to sign Kiroglu with the cryptocurrency to make the team known “in Turkey and the world.”

Sehit says “God willing, bitcoin will bring us the championship.”

The club competes in the first division of Sakarya’s Amateur League.

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