Following the stripping of his IBF belt this morning, Tyson Fury has now learned that he is the subject of a hate crime investigation from the Greater Manchester Police. The police have launched the investigation following the appearance of Fury's uncle and trainer Peter Fury on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show.
Fury did not personally appear on the programme, and his uncle suggested that the new heavyweight champion needed to apologise for his remarks in a Daily Mail interviewer where he aligned homosexuality with paedophilia. Following the broadcast of these comments, the Greater Manchester Police recieved a hate crime complaint and have now launched an investigation.
Fury made these comments in an interview with Oliver Holt of The Daily Mail. Fury subsequently threatened Holt regarding the interview, claiming he was misquoted. As a result, the Sports Journalists' Association of Britain has withdrawn Fury's invitation to the British Sports Awards, citing his threatening of one of their members:
The officers of the SJA took the decision reluctantly, since the British Sports Awards seek to recognise the year’s great sporting achievements, which include Fury’s heavyweight world title win. But the decision was made as a consequence of threats made by Fury against at least one sports journalist, an SJA member, who has written about the boxer’s repugnant comments on homosexuality and women.