Police to quiz Tyson Fury over controversy

Boxing star Tyson Fury will be questioned by police over comments he made about homosexuality.

Greater Manchester Police has received a complaint about an alleged ‘hate crime’ and will be taking a statement from the world heavyweight champion who lives in Hest Bank.

A GMP spokesman said the complainant, reported to be Ian Sawyer from Manchester, contacted them after watching Tyson’s uncle and trainer being interviewed on BBC’s The Victoria Derbyshire Show about his nephew’s views.

There has been widespread outrage over comments made by Tyson, 27.

They stem from an interview he gave to The Mail on Sunday’s Oliver Holt weeks before his title victory over Wladimir Klitschko where the deeply religious boxer quoted from The Bible’s teachings about homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia – saying all three “need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home”.

Many have accused him of comparing homosexuality to paedophilia, which Fury has denied.

Scott Cuthbertson, a Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) campaigner from Scotland, started an online petition to have Fury removed from the shortlist for BBC Sports Persionality of the Year which has been signed by more than 122,000 people.

The BBC has stood firm over its panel’s decision to put Tyson on the 12-strong shortlist, saying his selection was made due to his sporting achievements.