Tyson Fury takes legal steps to be removed from Sports Personality shortlist

Tyson Fury has revealed he has asked his lawyers to help remove him from the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.

The world heavyweight champion said he asked "politely" when he posted an Instagram message earlier this month.

But he has now taken further steps to be removed from the list of contenders and instructed his lawyers to send a letter to the BBC.

He told Good Morning Britain: "I have asked nicely in a video to be taken off the list and they decided that they were not going to take me off the list.

"So I have had my lawyers send them a letter demanding that I am taken off the list and let's hope they listen and take me off the list."

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MIJAS, SPAIN - JUNE 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stacey Solomon and Tyson Fury relax at the pool during the Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at La Cala Resort on June 10, 2011 in Mijas, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)
MIJAS, SPAIN - JUNE 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Stacey Solomon and Tyson Fury relax at the pool during the Max Clifford's Celebrity Golf Challenge Fund-Raising Weekend at La Cala Resort on June 10, 2011 in Mijas, Spain. (Photo by Daniel Perez/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury (red) on his way to victory over Damien Campbell (blue) (Photo by Adam Davy - PA Images via Getty Images)
Great Britain's Tyson Fury (left) on the attack against Hungary's Bela Gyongyosi on his professional debut during his 1st round victory at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham. (Photo by Nick Potts - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
John McDermott (left) and Tyson Fury pose for media following the Weigh In at The Bickley, Chistlehurst. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Tyson Fury (R) throws a punch at Dereck Chisora during the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena on July 23, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Tyson Fury enters the ring during the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Title Fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena on July 23, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
Promoter Frank Warren (left) and Tyson Fury during the press conference at Fredericks Restaurant, London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: British heavyweight boxers David Haye (L) and Tyson Fury attend a press conference to announce their upcoming title fight on July 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Tyson Fury and Paris Fury attend the Manchester United Player of the Year awards at Old Trafford on May 8, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury arrives to watch the boxing at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
Dereck Chisora (left), promoter Frank Warren (centre left), promoter Mick Hennessy (centre right), and Tyson Fury during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel, London. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Tyson Fury with tape over his mouth after refusing to speak during the Dereck Chisora And Tyson Fury Press Conference at The Grosvenor House on September 22, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Dereck Chisora of England fights Tyson Fury of England in the eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship during Boxing at ExCel on November 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Fury of England celebrates defeating Dereck Chisora of England in the eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship during Boxing at ExCel on November 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Dereck Chisora of England fights Tyson Fury of England in the eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship during Boxing at ExCel on November 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - JULY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Wladimir Klitschko (L) and Tyson Fury (R) face each other at Esprit-Arena on July 21, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. The Heavyweight title clash between Klitschko and Fury will be held on 28th of November in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - JULY 21: Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury pose during a press conference at Esprit-Arena on July 21, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Wladimir Klitschko (L) fights Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Tyson Fury celebrates with belts as he defeats Wladimir Klitschko to become new World Heavyweight Champion after the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko shows her support prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
British popsinger Rod Stewart performs prior to the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO title bout between title holder Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko (L) and his British challenger Tyson Fury in Duesseldorf, western Germany, on November 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Ex-boxers Lennox Lewis (L) and Henry Maske pose prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tyson Fury faces the media bare chested during a press conference ahead of his fight with Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena on April 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Tyson Fury dances next to Wladimir Klitschko as they go head to head during a press conference at the Manchester Arena on April 27, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - APRIL 28: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury face each other at Esprit-Arena on July 21, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Fury v Klitschko Part 2 will take place in Manchester on July 9 for the WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight belts. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury protests to British Boxing Board of Control's Robert Smith, after Joseph Parker beat Hughie Fury on points in the WBO World Heavyweight Title bout at Manchester Arena. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Tyson Fury reacts during a press conference on April 26, 2018 at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England. Fury is due to make his competitive comeback on June 9. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury during the public workout at the National Football Museum, Manchester. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury and promoter Frank Warren during the press conference at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester. (Photo by Nigel French/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Paul Gascoigne speaks with boxing promoter Frank Warren ringside at Manchester Arena on June 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Tyson Fury and Sefer Seferi taunt each other during there heavyweight contest at Manchester Arena on June 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Tyson Fury celebrates victory over Sefer Seferi after there heavyweight contest at Manchester Arena on June 9, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Belfast , United Kingdom - 18 June 2018; Boxers, from left, Luke Jackson, Tyson Fury, promoter Frank Warren, Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes following a press conference at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 14: Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury answers questions from the media during a pre fight press conference at Europa Hotel on August 14, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury will fight Francesco Pianeta on Saturday night as part of the Carl Frampton undercard bill at Windsor Park. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury during the public workout at Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 15, 2018. See PA story BOXING Belfast. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire (Photo by Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury's wife Paris ringside as Carl Frampton's wife Christine (top left) looks on at Windsor Park, Belfast. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 18: Tyson Fury is confronted by rival boxer Deontay Wilder after defeating Francesco Pianeta in a heavyweight contest at Windsor Park on August 18, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - AUGUST 18: Tyson Fury is confronted by rival boxer Deontay Wilder after defeating Francesco Pianeta in a heavyweight contest at Windsor Park on August 18, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Lineal Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury face-off during the New York Press Conference at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on October 2, 2018 in New York City. Wilder and Fury are set to fight on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury answers questions from members of the Los Angeles media during a press conference in advance of his highly anticipated WBC Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated WBC World Champion Deontay Wilder on December 1st at Churchill Boxing Club on October 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 1, 2018. See PA story BOXING Los Angeles. Photo credit should read: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 1, 2018. See PA story BOXING Los Angeles. Photo credit should read: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury during the WBC Heavyweight Championship bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 1, 2018. See PA story BOXING Los Angeles. Photo credit should read: Lionel Hahn/PA Wire (Photo by Lionel Hahn/PA Images via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury (left) is interviewed on stage by Gary Lineker during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 at Birmingham Genting Arena. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: Tyson Fury attends the 2018 BBC Sports Personality Of The Year at The Vox Conference Centre on December 16, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Boxer Tyson Fury poses at halftime during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal FC at Old Trafford on December 4, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 14: Boxers Tyson Fury (L) and Tom Schwarz pose during a ceremonial weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 15: Tyson Fury weighs in at 263 pounds at todays weigh-in at the MGM Hotel on June 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury will face the unbeaten Tom Schwarz tomorrow night. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 10: Boxer Tyson Fury speaks with members of the media after working out at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 10, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will face Otto Wallin in a heavyweight bout on September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 15: Referee Kenny Bayless(L) stops Tyson Fury(R) from hitting Tom Schwarz as the fight is stop in the second round at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury took the win by took the win by TKO. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 15: Boxer Tyson Fury(R) hits Tom Schwarz during the second round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson Fury took the win by TKO after the fight was stop in the second round. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 13: Boxers Tyson Fury (L) and Otto Wallin pose during a ceremonial weigh-in at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two will meet in a heavyweight bout on September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 13: Tyson Fury arrives in a Rolls-Royce Phantom ahead of his weigh-in at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury during his heavyweight bout against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout.(Photo by Gene Blevins/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 14: Tyson Fury reacts after the final bell in his heavy weight fight against Otto Wallin at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury won by an unanimous decision after the 12-round bout. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 11: WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul "Triple H" Levesque (C) gets between WWE wrestler Braun Strowman (L) and heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury (R) as they face off during the announcement of their match at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Strowman will face Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE's Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Paris and Tyson Fury attending the Nordoff Robbins Boxing Dinner held at the Hilton Hotel, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Deontay Wilder (L) and Tyson Fury get together during a news conference at The Novo Theater at L.A. Live on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury confront each other on stage during the press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury (L) punches Deontay Wilder during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder's WBC and Fury's lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tyson Fury (centre) celebrates defeating Deontay Wilder in the World Boxing Council World Heavy Title bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury enters the ring prior to the Heavyweight bout for Wilder's WBC and Fury's lineal heavyweight title against Deontay Wilder on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis honoured at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
British boxer Tyson Fury (L) knocks down US boxer Deontay Wilder before defeating him in the seventh round during their World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Championship Title boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on February 22, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Tyson Fury (centre) celebrates defeating Deontay Wilder in the World Boxing Council World Heavy Title bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)
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