Live updates

Fury defends comments on homosexuality and women

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has defended his comments on homosexuality and women, telling ITV News he shares the same opinions as the Pope.

Fury also said he wasn't concerned about police investigating his comments, but his views could mean he is dropped from this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year programme.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports:

BBC: Fury Spoty inclusion about sport, not 'personal views'

Tyson Fury became world heavyweight champion last month. Credit: PA

Tyson Fury's inclusion on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist is a recognition of his sporting achievement and "not about endorsing his personal views", the BBC has said.

Fury has sparked controversy with comments about women and homosexuality, prompting calls for him to be removed from the shortlist.

But on Wednesday, a BBC spokesman said: "Tyson Fury's victory and subsequent crowning as world heavyweight champion was widely covered by media outlets and his inclusion on the shortlist is similarly recognition of his sporting achievement - it is not about endorsing his personal views.

"It will be for the public to decide who will be crowned Sports Personality of the Year 2015."

Fury, 27, stunned Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, IBF and WBO belts last month, although has since been stripped of the IBF title.

Advertisement

SJA withdraw Fury award invitation following threats

The Sports Journalists' Association have withdrawn Tyson Fury's invitation to the British Sports Awards due to threats he made to one of the organisation's members.

Mail on Sunday writer Ollie Holt carried out an interview with the boxer, in which Fury says he was misquoted.

The paper then released the full transcript of the interview, including Fury's controversial views on homosexuality.

Tyson Fury has some controversial views. Credit: PA

Fury later filmed himself saying: "See "big Shane" there. He's 6ft 6in and 25 stone. He's going break his [Holt's] jaw completely with one straight right hand. I won't do it as I'll get in trouble but the big fella there will annihilate him.

"Oliver, take a good look at him because that's the face you're going to see before you hit the deck.

"[Turning camera to another member of his team] And that's the face you're going to see when he's jumping on your head."

A spokesman for the SJA said: “We are aware of threats made by Tyson Fury against one of our members, and therefore feel that it would be incompatible with the nature of our event, or the interests of our members, our other guests and our sponsors, for us to continue to extend a welcome to Tyson Fury to our awards next week.”

Advertisement

BBC confirm Tyson Fury remains on SPOTY shortlist

Tyson Fury will not be removed from the shortlist for BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award despite appearing in an online video in which he says Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill "slaps up good".

Fury will not be removed from the shortlist. Credit: PA

The new world heavyweight champion is shown in footage on YouTube giving his views on women and says: "A woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that's my personal belief".

Fury also gave his opinion on women in boxing, in which he spoke about the ring girls who "give me inspiration, when I'm tired and I see them wiggling around with their round two, round eight (cards)".

An online petition had already collected more than 40,000 signatures demanding he is removed from the BBC shortlist before the latest YouTube video had been widely seen, but the network does not intend to alter the initial selections.

A BBC Spokesperson told ITV News:

The Sports Personality shortlist is compiled by a panel of industry experts and is based on an individual’s sporting achievement – it is not an endorsement of an individual’s personal beliefs either by the BBC or members of the panel.

– BBC Spokesperson
Load more updates