Call to ban gay haters

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Keir Mudie

THE BBC has been blasted for short­list­ing boxer Tyson Fury for Sports Per­son­al­ity of Year even af­ter his sick ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks.

The in­clu­sion prompted MPs to probe gay hate in sport and urge a two-year sta­dium ban on all cu­plrits.

The Cul­ture Me­dia and Sport Com­mit­tee wants sports bod­ies to have zero tol­er­ance of any ho­mo­pho­bic be­hav­iour and cre­ate a “safe cli­mate” for gay ath­letes to come out.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Damian Collins said: “Ho­mo­pho­bic abuse in sports grounds is just as i ntol­er­a­ble as racist be­hav­iour and should be dealt with as se­verely.”

The MPs wel­comed rugby union’s two-year ban of two fans for gay abuse of ref­eree Nigel Owens.

But they said in­clud­ing Tyson in the 2015 con­test was “symp­to­matic of ho­mo­pho­bia not be­ing taken se­ri­ously enough in sport.”

AP­PEAL: Dubs yes­ter­day

ABU­SIVE: Tyson Fury

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