World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has called for the BBC to take him off this year’s Sports Personality of the Year award shortlist.
On Wednesday, he posted a video on his social media accounts asking for the BBC to “please take me off your list”.
“I’m the people’s champion and have no need for verification or any awards,” he added.
Fury also asked his supporters not to vote for him.
“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,” he added.
Fury, who beat Deontay Wilder to win the WBC title in February, was shortlisted alongside England cricketer Stuart Broad, record-breaking jockey Hollie Doyle, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, Liverpool and England footballer Jordan Henderson and snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Sports Personality of the Year 2020 will be shown on BBC One. The programme is being broadcast live from Media City in Salford.