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Tyson Fury will not be banned from boxing for saying gay rights will lead to the ‘end of days’

Tyson Fury will not be banned from boxing for saying gay rights will lead to the ‘end of days’

Tyson Fury has retired from boxing

British homophobic boxer Tyson Fury will not be banned from the sport after saying gay rights will lead to the end of the world.

The British Boxing Board of Control has said it has reminded the 27-year-old heavyweight champion of his ‘heavy responsibilities’ but it cannot punish him as he ‘didn’t break the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Fury was warned by the BBBC to ‘avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments’ now 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, 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 pedophilia. Who would have thought in the 50s and 60s that those first two would be legalized?’

Following the comments, Fury was nominated for BBC Sports Personality of The Year. Nearly 150,000 people signed a petition to be removed, but he remained on the shortlist. He came fourth in the public vote, losing to tennis player Andy Murray.