Boxer Tyson Fury has spoken out on his views about ladies and gay people, as a petition calling for his removal from the BBC’s Sports Character of the Year shortlist reaches 80,000 names.
Fury has been quoted as saying a woman’s “very best spot is on her back” and criticised homosexuality and abortion.
The new globe heavyweight champion said: “Tyson Fury loves his fellow humans. He does not hate anybody.”
The BBC mentioned Fury’s inclusion did not imply SPOTY endorsed his individual views.
Fury, 27, won the WBA, IBF and WBO titles on 28 November from Wladimir Klitschko, who had reigned as planet champion for 11 years.
In the aftermath of his win in Dusseldorf, Fury had said: “I’m not sexist. I think a woman’s greatest location is in the kitchen and on her back. That’s my personal belief. Generating me a very good cup of tea, that’s what I believe.”
He has also drawn criticism for saying that fellow SPOTY nominee Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up well”.
But Fury, who refers to himself as the ‘Gypsy King’ simply because of his Irish traveller heritage, told BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine programme on Monday: “I love my ladies and what I said goes for my wife alone. She knows her location, I know her location. That is our culture of individuals.
“That is nothing to do with the globe or anyone else and if I was a typical particular person, I wasn’t in the spotlight, no-1 would be generating a scene about what I say to my wife.”
The new world champion has also previously mentioned it would only take the legalisation of paedophilia in addition to the decriminalisation of homosexuality and abortion to see “the devil come property”.
In an interview he mentioned: “There are only three factors that require to be accomplished prior to the devil comes home: a single of them is homosexuality getting legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s paedophilia.
“Who would have believed in the ’50s and ’60s that those very first two would be legalised?”
In conversation with Jeremy Vine, he sought to clarify his comments by saying: “Let’s not try and make me out to be some evil particular person and I hate gays because I do not hate anybody. I can truly say I never hate anybody.
“The only factor I have for people is love and that’s what the planet needs to realise. What a man does in his personal property and with his personal men and women is his own issues.”
LGBT campaigner Scott Cuthbertson, who began the petition for Fury to be removed from the SPOTY shortlist, accused the BBC of double standards, adding that if the comments had been racist the boxer would have been dropped.
Cuthbertson stated: “He has repeatedly produced degrading, insulting and homophobic and sexist remarks.
“He is completely entitled to his views, but this is about the BBC placing Tyson up as a part model to young people.”
The BBC stated it was standing by its original shortlist of 12 for the award, and in a statement mentioned: “The Sports Character shortlist is compiled by a panel of sector authorities and is primarily 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.”