Rutherford joins Tyson Fury debate, enters SPOTY picture

Rutherford joins Tyson Fury debate, enters SPOTY picture

World long jump champion Greg Rutherford is the latest person to take umbrage at outspoken boxing title holder Tyson Fury.

Outraged by Fury’s comments about gay people, women and abortion, Rutherford – who this year added the World title to his Olympic, European and Commonwealth championships – said that he would rather miss the BBC Sports Personality Of The Award, despite being nominated for the prize alongside Fury and 10 other sportsmen and women.

Rutherford’s was eventually persuaded not to boycott by the BBC and his family.

With 100,000 people having put their signature to a petition demanding that Fury be banned from the contest, it’s little surprise that the odds of Rutherford triumphing have come in from 100/1 to 66/1.

Likewise, no one will be that shocked to learn that the Lancastrian pugilist has gone out from 16/1 to 20/1.

While Rutherford certainly deserves a prize for being a good egg, William Hill remain convinced that the award will go to Andy Murray who they currently have listed as the 4/9 favourite.

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