Rutherford denies endowment uncover pull-out

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Rutherford is one of 12 people shortlisted for a BBC Sports Personality award

Athlete Greg Rutherford has denied he skeleton to repel from a BBC’s Sports Personality of a Year eventuality in Belfast though has criticised warrior Tyson Fury’s “outdated” views.

Fury, a associate endowment nominee, has voiced argumentative views on women, homosexuality and abortion.

Rutherford had reportedly threatened to lift out of a event on 20 December.

“I can endorse that reports that we am withdrawing from a rite are not true,” pronounced a prolonged jumper, 29.

A petition job for universe heavyweight champion Fury’s dismissal from a shortlist of 12 has upheld 120,000 signatories.

Olympic, world, European and Commonwealth bullion medallist Rutherford pronounced a BBC had been “hugely supportive” in listening to his views.

“I have been in discussions with a BBC per my impasse with SPOTY [Sports Personality of a Year] after conference what we trust to be really old-fashioned and derogative comments from a associate nominee,” he said.

Rutherford pronounced multitude had “fought for generations” to give everybody a right to leisure of debate though Fury’s comments “undermine a struggles we have been through”.

He added: “As such, we wanted to pronounce with a BBC about pity a theatre with somebody that had views that are so strongly opposite my own.”

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Fury with his universe championship belts during a homecoming eventuality in Bolton

Heavyweight Fury, 27, won a WBA, IBF and WBO titles on 28 Nov from Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko, who had been universe champion for 11 years.

It led to a Sports Personality row similar to supplement a Manchester warrior – and Great Britain’s Davis Cup leader Andy Murray – to an extended shortlist of 12, shortly before it was announced on 30 November.

Fury, who has given relinquished a IBF belt with a rematch opposite Klitschko on a cards, has sought to explain comments that a woman’s “best place is on her back”, as good as observant associate endowment hopeful Jessica Ennis-Hill – a Olympic heptathlon champion – “slaps adult well”.

Defending his views on homosexuality, Fury told BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show: “Let’s not try and make me out to be some immorality chairman and we hatred gays since we don’t hatred anybody.”

Scott Cuthbertson, who began a petition job for Fury’s removal, said: “He has regularly done degrading, scornful and homophobic and sexist remarks.”