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100k sign campaign to revoke Fury’s BBC Sports Personality nomination

Joseph McCormick December 8, 2015

More than 101,000 have signed a petition for the BBC to revoke a nomination for Tyson Fury to be named Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Change.org petition has gained 101,000 signatures since it was started a week ago.

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Tyson Fury poses for a portrait during a training session at Team Fury Gym ahead of his fight with Dereck Chisora on November 6, 2014 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The heavyweight champion has refused to apologise for claiming that once homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion are all made legal, the world will end.

The boxer also claims to have “evidence” that paedophilia was legalised by a fictional ‘Gay Rights Act 1977’ – but the BBC has resisted pressure to rescind his Sports Personality of the Year nomination.

As well as calling those who have signed the petition “50,000 wankers”, Fury has taken to Twitter – to claim he doesn’t want the award anyway.

The boxer wrote:  “Hopefully I don’t win @BBCSPOTY as I’m not the best roll model in the world for the kids, give it to someone who would appreciate it [prayer emojis].”

However, he also added: “I’ve got more personality than all the other competitors put together in this years @BBCSPOTY who can compete with my sporting achievement!

“The Gypsy King, & the heavyweight champion of the world, will not be silenced I’ll always speak my mind, Like it or lump it, in Jesus name.”

Despite his comments, the BBC says it will not alter the nominations.

A spokesperson said: “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.”

Yesterday a challenger to Tyson Fury’s heavyweight champ title warned him to watch his mouth.

BBC News presenter Clive Myrie, during a live newspaper review on the BBC News channel branded Fury a “dickhead” after checking that it was “after the watershed”.

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