Tyson Fury has been included on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year’s shortlist despite threatening legal action if he was featured again.
The Gypsy King, who lives in Morecambe with wife Paris and their six children, is a two-time heavyweight world champion after beating Deontay Wilder with an 11th-round knockout in Last Vegas two months ago.
LancsLive reported last week how the 33-year-old warned the BBC they would “hear from his solicitors” if he was named among this years SPOTY contenders after opposing his inclusion last year.
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Fury has had a long-standing issue with the BBC over the award since a petition was launched to have him removed from the running in 2015 due to homophobic and sexist comments.
However BBC bosses have ignored Fury’s legal threat as they announced the six-person shortlist this morning (December 13).
Tennis star and US Open winner Emma Raducanu is odds-on favourite with the bookies to lift the prestigious trophy while footballer Raheem Sterling and swimmers Tom Daley, Adam Peaty and Dame Sarah Storey complete the shortlist.
A day after losing out on a record eighth Formula One world title in controversial circumstances, Hamilton was omitted from the list of six sporting stars in line to pick up the award on Sunday.
The BBC show will be held at Media City in Salford on Sunday without a studio audience because of concerns over rising coronavirus infections.
Fury is yet to comment on his SPOTY shortlist inclusion and is currently enjoying a holiday in New York with his family.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph last week, Fury said: “It means nothing to me and I don’t need it or want it.
“In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don’t.”
“We know who the sports personality of the year is anyway – it’s me. I am the sports personality. Who does what I do, goes through a war in Las Vegas, entertains the fans, and then sings to the audience?”
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