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TD's Fury Tyson Fury BBC award nomination 'tainted' by association with Daniel Kinahan, says Fine Gael TD


Boxer Tyson Fury has dropped Daniel Kinahan as his boxing adviser

Boxer Tyson Fury has dropped Daniel Kinahan as his boxing adviser

Boxer Tyson Fury has dropped Daniel Kinahan as his boxing adviser

FINE Gael TD Neale Richmond has said that any award given to boxer Tyson Fury would be tainted by his connection to Daniel Kinahan. 

The Gypsy King is one of six athletes short listed for the coveted annual BBC Sportsperson of the Year award.

He made headlines yesterday when he asked to be removed from the list, taking to Instagram to insist he is the “people’s champion” and has "no need for verification or any awards."

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

However, Deputy Richmond believes there is another reason why Fury should not be given international accolades—his connection to organised crime king pin Daniel Kinahan.

"While Tyson Fury has asked to be removed from the BBC sports personality of the year award as he feels he doesn’t need any further verification, let’s be clear that any award for Tyson Fury this year would be absolutely tainted by his association with the notorious criminal, Daniel Kinahan,” he told the Sunday World.

“It was truly galling to hear Tyson Fury refer to Daniel Kinahan no less than three times when announcing his scheduled fight with Anthony Joshua.

“We need to have real clarity that Tyson Fury has no involvement with Daniel Kinahan any more.

“Until that is truly proven, his boxing exploits remain in the shadows.

“As per the ruling of the Irish courts, Daniel Kinahan is the head of a vicious criminal cartel responsible for murder, drug trafficking and intimidation.

“He cannot be allowed to whitewash his criminal activities through the boxing career of fighters like Tyson Fury.”

It is unlikely that Fury will be removed from the awards ceremony as the BBC has said it will not remove any nominee from the list.

A statement from the broadcaster said: “The shortlist is decided by an independent expert panel who choose contenders based on their sporting achievement in a given year.

“On this basis Tyson Fury will remain on the list for SPOTY 2020. As always the winner will be decided by the public voting during the live show and it is of course up to Tyson if he chooses to participate in the show.”

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In 2015, Fury’s appearance on the shortlist caused controversy with over 100,000 people signing a petition calling for the boxer’s removal after a series of outspoken comments on homophobia and abortion.

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