Paddy Power trolls Tyson Fury with huge rainbow flag projection at SPOTY in Belfast

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Monday 21 December 2015 09:40

Andy Murray may have been crowned the Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday night, but he wasn't the man making all the headlines.

There had been controversy ahead of this year's event over the inclusion of Manchester-born boxer Tyson Fury.

Although he won the heavyweight world boxing title last month, his comments appearing to equate homosexuality with paedophilia and his suggestion that the best place for a woman is either "on her back" or "in the kitchen" saw more than 130,000 sign a petition calling on the BBC to ban him from the vote.

As well as being booed by the audience when his name was read out, Fury was mocked by bookmakers Paddy Power who shone a huge rainbow flag projection onto the side of Belfast's SSE Arena where the event was being held.

Interviewed on stage by Gary Lineker, the boxer later apologised for his comments saying that he had not meant to offend anyone.

I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody.

It's all very tongue in cheek, it's all fun and games to me. I'm not a very serious kind of person - it's all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury.

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