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Bilbao open up WhatsApp and Telegram chats with members

Spanish soccer club launches enquiry service over encrypted instant messaging apps.

by Tom Bassam

Bilbao open up WhatsApp and Telegram chats with members

Spanish top-flight soccer club Athletic Bilbao have started taking member and partner queries via instant messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram.

The La Liga outfit rolled out the new channel of communication on Monday, asking users to add a publicly available number that will only respond to enquiries only from members registered on their database.

In theory, the service allows Athletic fans secure contact with the club over the messaging services’ encrypted servers, as well as cutting out network fees for international queries.

Bilbao are currently 13th in La Liga after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Girona on Sunday.