Tyson Fury: I have the same opinions as the Pope

Tyson Fury is facing criticism over comments he made about women and gay people since his heavyweight win.

But today he told ITV News he is unconcerned about being investigated by police over comments appearing to compare homosexuals to paedophiles, claiming his views are the same as the Pope's.

During the interview, the world heavyweight boxing champion repeatedly said: "All praise be to Jesus Christ."

He then added: "If you want to know anymore about Jesus, look it up in the bible.

"And if you want to know anymore about any of my opinions, consult the Pope of Rome, because he has the same opinions."

Fury was belatedly added to the shortlist for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award after his shock victory over long-time world champion Wladimir Klitschko last month.

However, the BBC is facing calls to remove him over the string of controversial comments - with a recent petition urging them to do so passing 100,000 signatures.

Fellow nominee Greg Rutherford, an Olympic gold-winning athlete, said he had spoken to the BBC with concerns about Fury's nomination, but denied reports that he was planning to withdraw from contention if the boxer remained on the list.

After the short interview, Fury tweeted that photo saying he was going to win Sports Personality of the Year, as "good always defeats evil".