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Tyson Fury row: BBC presenter Clive Myrie calls boxer a 'd***head' live on air

Published 08/12/2015

Controversial boxing champ Tyson Fury
Controversial boxing champ Tyson Fury

BBC presenter Clive Myrie has neatly summed up the controversy surrounding Tyson Fury’s inclusion on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist – in unusually frank style.

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to have the boxer removed from the running over offensive comments he was reported as making regarding gay people, abortion and fellow shortlisted athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Myrie, a 27-year veteran of the BBC, was discussing the issue on his The Papers programme at 11.30pm on Monday night with the Telegraph’s Christopher Hope and political commentator Miranda Green.

And after glancing down at his watch to confirm that “it’s after the watershed”, Myrie said: “You cannot be a d******* and win Sports Personality of the Year.”

Smiling, the presenter hastened to add that he might be considered as such by “those people signing this petition”.

Fury was crowned heavyweight champion of the world after beating Wladimir Klitschko in a major sporting upset in Munich a week ago.

It led to him being included on the BBC Spoty shortlist alongside the likes of British athletes Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

Myrie conceded that Fury was an “amazing sportsman”. But he said: “Having heard him interviewed, he seems to be confusing having ‘a personality’ with having ‘a good personality’.”

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