Tyson Fury demands to be taken off Sports Personality of the Year list

Tyson Fury has demanded that the BBC remove him from the list of contenders for the Sports Personality of the Year award this year, begging his supporters not to vote for him.

Fury was one of six athletes shortlisted for the award this week, alongside Lewis Hamilton, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stuart Broad, Jordan Henderson and Hollie Doyle.

The heavyweight world champion wrote on his Instagram account: “This is a post for @bbcsport and their SPOTY accolade – please get me off your list as I’m the people’s champion and don’t need any verification or awards.

“I know who I am and what I have done in the sport. I have the love of the people, which means more to me than all the awards in the world. For anyone who supports me, don’t vote. “