Fury of his fans and trainer as boxer Tyson Fury even manages to make the shortlist for BBC SPOTY despite his 12th round heroics in heavyweight fight against Deontay Wilder
- Tyson Fury was rejected by the BBC SPOTY committee, which led to fan distribution
- Geraint Thomas won the first prize, but Fury did not even make the shortlist
- The online indignation was led by his coach Ben Davidson who beat the BBC
- Piers Morgan and thousands of other fans also tweets in support of the boxer
Danyal Hussain for Mailonline
The omission of Tyson Fury from the six-person shortlist for this year's Sports Personality of the Year has aroused indignation on his social media.
Although his titanic wrestling against WBC champ Deontay Wilder ended in a draw in Las Vegas, his incredible comeback of crippling depression and a suicide attempt inspired people around the world.
Geraint Thomas won the main gong at Tonight's ceremony in Birmingham, defeating Lewis Hamilton and Harry Kane, but Fury was not even considered by the BBC SPOTY panel.
The boxer was nominated for the sporting moment of the year, but also lost that prize, with the victory of the Commonwealth Games victory of the England Netball team in Australia that won the prize.
Fury's coach Ben Davidson led the furious outrage and tweeted: "What an opportunity to have @BBCSPOTY do there, contributes to awareness of mental health and many other things, to help inspire people .
& # 39; For a man to come back from where he is, while saving thousands of lives, along with millions of inspiring people. They must be ashamed. & # 39;
The boxer was the fourth favorite of the bookmaker when the shortlist was announced.
And his trainer was not the only person who stayed behind with Fury's lack of nomination.
Piers Morgan tweette: "Tyson Fury not even nominated? What a joke. & # 39;
Boxing fans and sports stars united in their anger against Fury's bumbling.
A Twitter user said: So Tyson Fury fights back from depression, obesity, drug addiction and the verge of suicide, all but the heavyweight title of the world, donates all his £ 8 million profit from the fight to the homeless and not even being nominated.
A grinning Tyson Fury attended the ceremony and looked completely recovered from his epic match against Deontay Wilder on December 1st
Fury's coach Ben Davidson and Piers Morgan led the outrage after Tyson Fury was not even nominated for this year's SPOTY
& # 39; This country is a mess. & # 39;
Another said: "Tyson Fury has done more to inspire people than the rest of your short list combined. Shameful. & # 39;
A third said: Tyson Fury robbed in Britain and America in the space of weeks. Could not write it. & # 39;
Despite the fumbling, the boxer gave an eventful speech to celebrate his comeback when he appeared during the ceremony.
Thousands of boxing enthusiasts went to Twitter to make the decision not to even nominate Fury, with some who said the boxer had been robbed
He smiled when he insisted that he should have been called the WBC champion before discussing his psychological problems.
He said: & # 39; It was a special moment in my life and career. Everyone knows what I experienced in 2017 and 2018, they were terrible years.
& # 39; This year I decided that I wanted to go back to the top of heavyweight boxing and I dedicated my life to the sport.
I would have to be WBC heavyweight champion of the world and everyone knows! & # 39;
Fury was invited to challenge Wilder and Anthony Joshua by presenter Gary Lineker but refused to offer hope to people suffering from psychological problems.
He said: & # 39; I wanted to show the world that everything was possible. If I can get through, you can do that too. & # 39;
His snub caused a wave of outrage on social media, led by his trainer Ben Davidson, but the boxer was eloquent because he spoke about his mental health problems
Bookmaker Paddy Power refunded all bets placed on Fury and won the prize as Justice Refund & # 39;
Paddy Power paid back all bets on Fury to win Sports Personality of the Year after the boxer had been controversially omitted from the shortlist.
Despite his inspiring comeback story – and a stunning increase in canvas in the final round of his disputed draw against Deontay Wilder – Fury was moved away from the last shortlist, with cyclist Geraint Thomas finally taking the crown home.
Spokesman Paddy Power said: & # 39; If you take the award literally, Tyson is the biggest personality in the sport. He is also one of the biggest people in the sport full-stop.
& # 39; His return to the ring was sensational and inspiring, and that was reflected in the huge support he got from our gambling market – so we decided to refund all bets he wins as a legal refund. ;