Tyson Fury escapes punishment for comparing gay people to paedophiles


Tyson Fury met with British boxing officials this week to discuss his homophobic remarks

The British Boxing Board of Control did not punish Fury. It claimed it had been advised that Fury “didn’t break the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression.”

However, Fury was warned by the BBBC that he has “heavy responsibilities … to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments” now that he is “holder of the most prestigious title in sport.”

“He has assured the stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him,” the BBBC said in a statement, “and has expressed regret that he has caused offense to others, which was never his intention.”

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Fury, said: “There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one’s paedophilia. Who would have thought in the ‘50s and ‘60s that those first two would be legalized?”

Fury made those comments before beating Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on 28 November 2015.

He repeated them on the radio after the fight and also said a woman’s place was in the kitchen.

The comments caused a backlash of complaints, intensifying when Fury was nominated for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

He will fight Klitschko again this year.

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