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Tyson Fury apologises for offensive comments made in video

The Guardian logo The Guardian 17/05/2016 Press Association
Tyson Fury has issued a statement apologising for offensive comments made in a video interview last week, insisting he is “in no way a racist or bigot”. © PA Tyson Fury has issued a statement apologising for offensive comments made in a video interview last week, insisting he is “in no way a racist or bigot”.

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has apologised for offensive comments made in an hour-long video interview last week, insisting: “I am in no way a racist or bigot.”

Fury caused controversy after making homophobic, sexist and antisemitic remarks in the interview, which led to widespread calls for him to be banned from boxing.

“I apologise to anyone who may have taken offence at any of my comments,” Fury said in a statement. “I said some things, which may have hurt some people, which as a Christian man is not something I would ever want to do.

“Though it is not an excuse, sometimes the heightened media scrutiny has caused me to act out in public. I mean no harm or disrespect to anyone and I know more is expected of me as an ambassador of British boxing and I promise in future to hold myself up to the highest possible standard.

“Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am in no way a racist or bigot and I hope the public accept this apology.”

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