Given boxer Tyson Fury’s homophobic comments, we feel he should be replaced on the BBC SPOTY shortlist with gay referee Nigel Owens.
Given Owens incredible work at both the amateur and professional level of rugby, we feel he is the ideal replacement on the shortlist. He is a well loved member of the rugby fraternity and has made it to the very highest level his profession offers (the World Cup final).
Owens has been incredibly open about his own personal difficulties and has helped raise awareness of the struggles of gay individuals, particularly in sport.
In contrast, boxer Tyson Fury has used his high profile to make idiotic homophobic comments which are not only offensive, but could hamper the progress that has been made across sport.
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