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Government backs immigration rules over Mike Tyson ban

The government has defended immigration rules after it emerged former boxing champion Mike Tyson was banned from entering the UK because he served a jail sentence for rape.

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Tyson: UK immigration law change 'disheartening'

Mike Tyson has said changes to UK immigration law banning him from entering the country are "disheartening".

The former boxer is barred from the UK due to a six-year sentence for rape that he received in 1992.

I was greatly disappointed when I learned of United Kingdom's immigration law changes that went into effect December 2012.

I have been coming to the UK consistently in the past decade so this change is disheartening since it affects my current entry standing.

I apologise to my fans that were inconvenienced, however, please know I am currently working diligently with the proper authorities to regain access next year for my UK tour...

I have a great deal of respect for the laws of the United Kingdom and will continue taking the proper steps for re-entry.

– Mike Tyson

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