Celtic Refuses Mike Tyson

Published May 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The bosses at Glasgow's Celtic football club said Friday that they would not allow controversial American heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson to fight at their ground. 

The decision comes amid growing opposition to British Home Secretary Jack Straw's move on Thursday to allow the former world heavyweight boxing champion into Scotland for a non-title bout against American Lou Savarese on June 24. 

Women's groups and Scottish politicians argue the convicted rapist should not be allowed into the country. 

The fight was due to be staged at either Celtic Park or Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

But Celtic chief executive Allan MacDonald told the BBC, "It's not the type of event we would want to have at Celtic Park at the moment." 

Hampden Park, the newly refurbished national stadium, is now expected to be named as the venue. 

Tyson, who was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years in jail, was allowed into Britain in January to fight Briton Julius Francis in a move that also caused controversy - (AFP) 

 

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