Tyson Fury could take BBC to COURT over Sports Personality of the Year nomination

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Tyson Fury has been nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award… despite threatening legal action if he was to be.

Fury has enjoyed a quite extraordinary calendar year, having produced one of heavyweight boxing’s most memorable performances in his trilogy victory over Deontay Wilder.

It’s the kind of triumph that would ordinarily result in the BBC recognising the athlete with a nomination for the Sports Personality of the Year award, but Fury is a unique case.

Fury warned the BBC last week during an interview with the Telegraph that they would be unwise to name the Gypsy King on their shortlist for the 2021 award.

“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.”

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“And, anyway, 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?”

The BBC did not heed his warning, with Fury STILL being included among the nominees, as was announced on Monday morning. Lewis Hamilton was among the most notable to have missed out.

You get the impression that Fury is unlikely to take legal action against the BBC as a result of them recognising his immense sporting achievements. He often speaks in hyperbole.

Regardless, Emma Raducanu is the outright favourite to scoop the award after her heroics at the U.S Open earlier in the year. Fury ought to ignore the nomination, rather than kicking up a fuss…

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