BBC Journalist Who Criticised Tyson Fury On Spoty Says He Is Suspended

A BBC journalist has been suspended by the corporation after stating he was “ashamed” that his employer had invited the boxer Tyson Fury to its Sports Personality Of The Year show.

Andy West confirmed his suspension from work at BBC Northern Ireland on his Facebook page on Thursday morning.

“I can’t say more but, as of yesterday, I am suspended by the BBC pending investigation. I made my bed now I have time to lie in it!” West wrote.

West was angry over Fury’s attempt to link homosexuality to paedophilia in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

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Tyson Fury was a late addition to the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty
The gay English-born Northern Ireland-based journalist has said he has written to the BBC director general, Tony Hall, over Fury’s nomination.

Hall is expected to be questioned about Fury’s nomination by the culture, media and sport select committee next week.
In his online post, West wrote: “My employer is hurting me and other gay people by celebrating someone who considers me no better than a paedophile and who believes homosexual people are helping to bring about the end of the world.

“It’s tempting to see him for the laughable idiot he is but sadly there are many other idiots who will be inspired and encourage by his naive, juvenile bigotry. I am ashamed to work for the BBC when it lacks bravery to admit it is making a mistake.”

The BBC said: “We do not routinely comment on individual staff matters.”

The boxer has also been accused of sexism after a YouTube video emerged of him saying the Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill “slaps up good”, before adding: “A woman’s best place is in the kitchen and on her back – that’s my personal belief.”

More than 130,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Fury to be removed from the shortlist for the BBC sports award.


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