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People Are Praising A BBC Presenter For Saying "Dickhead" In A Discussion About Tyson Fury

"You cannot be a dickhead and win Sports Personality of the Year," he said. The BBC later apologised for the use of language.

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British boxer Tyson Fury has faced considerable backlash since he made this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

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https://www.change.org/p/the-bbc-should-remove-homophobic-tyson-fury-from-sports-personality-of-the-year-shortlist

The world heavyweight champion boxer was accused of making "homophobic" comments – in which he linked abortion and homosexuality with paedophilia – to the Mail on Sunday ahead of his fight with Wladimir Klitschko last month.

A Change.org petition to remove him from the shortlist has nearly reached 100,000 people.

The BBC has since made a statement, saying: "The nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year are decided on their sporting achievements. As Fury became heavyweight champion of the world over the weekend, the panel feel that he should be a contender for this year's award."

On the BBC News Channel's newspaper review last night though, presenter Clive Myrie concisely summed up the outrage expressed by those signing the petition.

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"You cannot be a dickhead and win Sports Personality of the Year."

Many people on social media have come out praising Myrie's choice of words.

I hope @clivemyriebbc has a long future on our teles https://t.co/zn2MYDFFfQ

Couldn't have put it better myself... https://t.co/KMImbVM3ui

I heart @CliveMyrieBBC so much for this. https://t.co/UZAi1PCeMa

BBC News subsequently apologised for the language used but not Myrie's actual comments. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson said:

We apologise to any viewers who were offended by the language Clive Myrie used during a discussion on the late-night paper review on the News Channel.

However, the apology has resulted in yet more criticism.

@BBC shouldn't be apologising for @CliveMyrieBBC calling #tysonfury a #dickhead they should be giving him a pay rise! #stophomophobia

BBC apologises over @CliveMyrieBBC saying "dickhead", but not for nominating Tyson Fury as #SPOTY. Go figure. https://t.co/b9Mu2XEiit

Scott Bryan is a TV editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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