BBC urged to axe boxer Tyson Fury over sexist rant
Tyson Fury is facing calls for him to be dropped from the Sports Personality of the Year contest after reportedly making anti-gay and sexist remarks - but the BBC has refused to axe him.
The glittering sports gala will be held in Belfast's SSE Arena on December 20. Fury (27), who was recently crowned heavyweight champion of the world after defeating Wladimir Klitschko, made the remarks in a video recorded before the crunch fight.
In the video, he offers his opinion of women, saying: "I think they're very nice when they're walking around that ring holding them cards.
"I like them actually. They give me inspiration when I'm tired and I see a good sort walking, wriggling about."
Fury insists he is "not a sexist" before adding that in his view "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on their back".
"That's just my personal beliefs," he says. "Making me a good cup of tea - that's what I believe."
Referring to Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, the boxer adds: "She slaps up good, dresses up well. When she's got a dress on, she looks quite fit."
Yesterday, a petition calling for the boxer to be kicked out of the competition had attracted 47,000 signatures.
But Mr Fury did not yield to pressure to apologise. Instead, he tweeted: "Hopefully I don't win @BBCSPOTY as I'm not the best roll [sic] model in the world for the kids. Give it to someone who would appreciate it."
Both Mr Fury and Ms Ennis-Hill are scheduled to take part in the televised show, which is to be shown live from the former Odyssey complex.
The BBC said it had no plans to remove Mr Fury from the event shortlist.
In a statement, a spokesman added: "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."