BBC REFUSE to remove Tyson Fury from SPOTY 2020 shortlist after Gypsy King demands to be taken off

THE BBC are refusing to remove Tyson Fury from their nominees for the 2020 Sports Personality Of The Year.

The Gypsy King is on a list of six people up for the award following his stunning KO victory over Deontay Wilder in February.

It saw him crowned WBC heavyweight champion of the world as well as handing Wilder his first ever defeat.

But Fury released a clip on spocial media after his nomination asking to be removed from the list.

But the BBC have refused the Gypsy King's request.

A BBC Spokesperson said: “The shortlist is decided by an independent expert panel who choose contenders based on their sporting achievement in a given year.

"On this basis Tyson Fury will remain on the list for SPOTY 2020.

"As always the winner will be decided by the public voting during the live show and it is of course up to Tyson if he chooses to participate in the show."

Fury is on the list alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton – who recently won his record seventh Formula One title.

But despite his incredible story, Fury has demanded the BBC remove him as he has 'no need for verification or awards'.

In the video message on social media, standing in front of his WBC belt, Fury said: "Hi, this is Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King.

"This is a message for the BBC on their SPOTY award: Please take me off your list.

"I am the people's champion and have no need for verification or any awards.

"I know who I am and what I've done in sport.

"The love of the people is worth more to me than all the awards in the world.

"So to all of my supporters: Please don't vote on this.

"Take me off the list.

"All my love, Tyson Fury, the Gyspy King."

Cricketer Stuart Broad, footballer Jordan Henderson, snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan and jockey Hollie Doyle are the other sports stars in the running.

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