Carl Frampton reacts to BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist snub

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The shortlist for one of the most prestigious awards in British sport was announced yesterday but not everyone is happy with the final 16 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The heavy favourite to win the accolade, Andy Murray, has been joined by the likes of Nicola Adams, Gareth Bale and Alistair Brownlee in the final shortlist to celebrate the nation's great sporting achievements from the past 12 months.

Of the big names to miss out, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Anthony Joshua might feel hard done by after both enjoyed impressive 2016s.

As can Carl Frampton, who has reacted particularly badly to his omission from the nominees.

Frampton became the first man from Northern Ireland to become a two-weight world champion with victory over Leo Santa Cruz back in July in one of the fights of the year.

And the 29-year-old has accused the BBC of bias for overlooking himself and two other potential nominees from Northern Ireland.

As per The Mirror, the WBA featherweight champion was asked if he felt he would have been included in the shortlist had he been English.

"I think they look favourably toward them," Frampton responded.

"Take Nicola Adams, she has had an incredible achievement this year. And if she made the list, then I think I should have been in with a shout.

"I think there are people on the shortlist that I deserve to be in front of.

"Credit to Andy Murray he deserves it and should run away with it.

"But I think at least one of Jonny Rea (Superbike champion), Bethany Firth (Paralympian) and myself should have been on it.

"It's anti-Northern Ireland and its anti-boxing. There are five Yorkshiremen on it."

The controversial shortlist was compiled by a panel of 12 members featuring representatives from BBC Sport, former nominees, sports journalists and the UK sports industry.

In an Olympic year, it shouldn't be surprising to see that many of the nominees (13) enjoyed success in Rio earlier this year and Frampton did admit the competition was tough.

"I unified a title, defended a title and beat a three-weight champion, and all on the road," Frampton told BBC Radio Ulster.

"But I'll not complain, I wasn't picked for whatever reason, maybe they didn't have the space."

The 16 athletes who have made the cut will battle it out via a public vote during the live show in Birmingham on Sunday, December 18.

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