"Newly crowned world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will not face police action over comments he made about homosexuality, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have said.Fury, 27, has attracted controversy after likening homosexuality to paedophilia, with more than 133,000 people signing a petition calling for his removal from the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) award.
A member of the public had reported Fury to the police on Tuesday for allegedly committing a "hate crime".
"The circumstances in which these comments were made suggest that no criminal offence has taken place and this matter will not be investigated any further," a GMP spokesman said.
In a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Fury, who is a born-again Christian, said three things needed to be accomplished "before the devil comes home".
"One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia," he said.
Manchester-born Fury, who is of traveller heritage and styles himself as the 'Gypsy King', has denied being homophobic or sexist and says that his views merely reflect what is written in the Bible.
He produced one of sport's biggest shocks last month when he beat long-standing world champion Wladimir Klitschko, but he cannot escape controversy even within his own sport: he has already lost one of the three world titles he won because he agreed to a rematch against Klitschko, to which he was contractually bound, rather than fighting the International Boxing Federation's mandatory challenger.
When asked on Wednesday about the controversy over his comments, he responded to every question with a religious phrase.
"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you'll be saved," he repeatedly told a BBC reporter.
"Jesus loves me and he loves you too ... and he loves everybody in the world," he added, smiling, as he leant out of the window of a van.
"All you've got to do is repent of your sins and you'll be forgiven."
Asked if he thought he could win the SPOTY award, his answer was: "John 3:16, for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son. Whoever believes in him shall have eternal life and shall not perish. The only way is through Jesus into heaven, that's all I can say."
Another nominee for the SPOTY award, Greg Rutherford, said on Wednesday he had spoken to the BBC about sharing a stage with someone whose views were "so strongly against my own" but rejected reports that he was pulling out of the ceremony on December 20.
"I have been in discussions with the BBC regarding my involvement with SPOTY after hearing what I believe to be very outdated and derogatory comments from a fellow SPOTY nominee," he said in a statement to the BBC."
Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
There is “a time to be silent, and a time to speak”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7). Now is the time to speak, so please speak up and defend children, truth and freedom.
“What the world needs most is a voice that courageously speaks the truth, not when the world is right, but a voice that speaks the truth when the world is wrong.” Fulton Sheen