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The WBC heavyweight champion has been included on the six-person shortlist, despite threatening legal action against the BBC.

 

Tyson Fury has been included on the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year award, despite threatening to sue the BBC.

Tyson Fury threatened to sue the BBC if he was included on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist

 

Fury was named on the six-person list after a year which saw the WBC heavyweight champion retain his title by knocking out Deontay Wilder in their epic trilogy fight.

 

 

The ‘Gypsy King’ is included alongside tennis star Emma Raducanu, Tom Daley, Adam Peaty, Raheem Sterling and Dame Sarah Storey.

 

 

The nomination comes though after Fury threatened to take legal action against the BBC if they included him on their list for the award.

 

 

Fury has had a long-standing feud with the broadcaster dating back to 2015, when he was nominated after his first world title win over Wladimir Klitschko.

 

 

A petition demanding his removal from the shortlist received more than 140,000 signatures following a number of homophobic and sexist comments, which Fury went on to apologise for during the live show.

 

 

Fury then threatened legal action after being included on the shortlist last year, and has repeated the stunt, telling the Daily Telegraph: “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.

 

 

“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?”

 

 

It is unlikely Fury will see his request to be removed from the shortlist granted, although the 33-year-old also looks unlikely to win the award.

 

 

Raducanu is the overwhelming favourite for the award following her spectacular US Open victory in September, having won on her first outing at the tournament after having to through qualifying.

 

The winner of the Sports Personality award will be announced on Sunday.

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