Tyson Fury and his brothers have been ordered to pay nearly £100,000 following a judgment that they owe unpaid business rates in a dispute over land used as a car park near Manchester Airport.
Cheshire East Council contended that the sum was owed for land owned by the boxing champion and his brothers, John and Shane. The family's representatives argued they were not liable as they rented out the land for use as an airport car park.
Tyson Fury's father, John, appeared at the hearing at Chester Magistrates Court. District Judge John McGarva deemed the family's evidence "wholly unsatisfactory," partly due to the absence of the brothers in court.
John Fury stated that his son pays "millions of pounds in tax each year" and dismissed claims that Tyson Fury had any involvement with the land in Styal as "ridiculous."
The boxer and his brothers were ordered to pay the council £82,000 in unpaid rates and £17,000 in court costs.
The land on Moss Lane in Styal had been transferred to the Fury brothers in 2010, but their defense argued that their father remained the "effective controller of operations on the site." John Fury asserted that the land had been rented to Holiday Car Parks Manchester Ltd, making the brothers not liable for the bill. The court heard that the brothers had received demands for unpaid business rates from Cheshire East Council dating back to April 2021, totaling £82,166.
Mr Fury said he was "the man of that land" and his sons had "nothing to do with it".
Describing himself as "semi-illiterate", he said: "I'm a boxing coach. I had no knowledge of any of this. This technical stuff it's not my field.
"I try to keep away from paperwork because I've no understanding. I don't want to embarrass myself in public."