The BBC should keep Tyson Fury on Sports Personality of the Year short-list!

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The BBC have announced their short-list for the Sports Personality of the Year 2015. Included is boxer Tyson Fury, who recently won the virtually undisputed World Heavyweight Championship, after defeating the long reigning Wladimir Klitschko. By defeating the Ukrainian, who held held a version of the title since 2006 and had not been defeated for 11 years, Fury captured what has been described as, 'the greatest prize sports can offer'. The victory was perfectly fair and entirely convincing, so in this regard Fury is more than deserving of his place on the list.

The BBC have put out a statement in response an anti-Fury petition, saying "The nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year are decided on their sporting achievements. As Fury became heavyweight champion of the world over the weekend, the panel feel that he should be a contender for this year’s award."

Clearly, the BBC also recognises the value of Fury's win, and have made the decision accordingly. Were it not for his alleged comments regarding homosexuality, there would be no question of his place on the list.

To tackle this, despite the want of some 80,000 people to jump to conclusions about what Fury actually believes, he defends himself quite adequately in a new interview with Jeremy Vine on Radio 2; which can be found here

It is clear from this interview that Tyson has been misinterpreted. Furthermore, to exclude someone on the list because of their personal views, whether you believe they have been misjudged or not, is wholly irrelevant in a competition where victory is awarded on a criteria of sporting achievement and personality; the latter of which Tyson has an abundance of.

The BBC clearly understand that by nominating Fury, they are putting him up as a role model to young people all over the UK and the world. Perhaps when someone shows the brilliant things one can achieve despite a modest background, be open and honest and show tremendous loyalty - as Fury has shown to promoter Mick Hennessy and others - this is no bad act.  

There is NO place for fascism in Sports Personality of the Year.

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