Referee used a cryptocurrency in the derby

Controversy over Turkish referee using a cryptocurrency in the derby

A referee used a cryptocurrency for the kick-off in the derby between Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe, something prohibited by football regulations.

A Turkish referee who whistled the last derby of the Turkish league between Beşiktaş and Fenerbahçe, has sparked a deep controversy in Turkey for using a cryptocurrency coin to decide the kick-off during the match, something prohibited by football regulations and that raises suspicions about a possible illegal payment to the collegiate by a cryptocurrency platform.

Arda Kardeşler, a FIFA referee, decided to use a physical representation of a cryptocurrency – a very popular investment in Turkey – during the derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw, as photos taken just before the official start of the match showed: something that had a great impact on social media and that have led the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to launch an investigation.

Several professional colleagues have already expressed their discomfort at an action that they consider “a shame” for the world of refereeing and that completely contradicts the Federation’s regulations, which stipulate that referees can only use a 1 Turkish lira coin or, in In any case, a special coin showing a goal on one side and a football ball on the other.

After the controversy in the derby, many accuse Kardeşler, 34 years old and who has refereed 25 league games this season, of having some kind of contract or hidden agreement with a cryptocurrency platform: of course, without the consent of the TFF, which has opened an investigation into what happened and could impose a sanction on the referee. Many cryptocurrency operators have commercial agreements with football teams and players in Turkey, but this is the first time that an event like this has occurred involving a Turkish referee.