Andy Murray is BBC’S sports personality of the Year

Andy Murray has beaten sportspeople including boxer Tyson Fury to become BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 after one of the award's most controversial competitions.

Rugby player Kevin Sinfield was placed second, and Jessica Ennis-Hill took third place.

Campaigners said they were "disgusted" ahead of tonight's announcement, as Fury remained on the shortlist despite a mass outcry.

Twelve leading sportsmen and women are shortlisted for the award, including Fury who many critics claim shouldn't have been on the list after his controversial statements about gay people, women and abortion.

Critics that hit out at the champion included the betting company Paddy Power, which mocked him up in makeup and a gymnastics pose in a cheeky guerrilla marketing stunt.

Fury, the world heavyweight champion, was booed at the ceremony after he allegedly equated homosexuality with paedophilia, joked about being violent toward women, and said a woman's "best place is on her back".

Speaking on stage at the awards, Fury said his words had been "tongue in cheek" and apologised for "hurting" anyone who was offended

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