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Monday, 5 June, 2000, 09:06 GMT 10:06 UK
Tyson promoter wants expenses
Frank Warren
Mr Warren's decision has been heavily criticised
The boxing promoter Frank Warren has insisted he will seek to recover court expenses from a woman's group which tried to stop Mike Tyson's fight in Scotland.

The Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre failed on Friday in an attempt to overturn the home secretary's decision to allow the convicted rapist into Britain for a bout at Hampden Park.

Mr Warren has been criticised by MSPs after it was suggested that the centre could be bankrupted by moves to recover legal expenses.

At the weekend, he sounded a conciliatory note and appeared to be reconsidering seeking costs as well as promising a collection for the Rape Crisis Centre.

On BBC Radio Five Live's Andrew Neil Show he said he would "think over the next couple of days" about his plan to recoup legal expenses.

'No bankruptcy threat'

But in a statement later, he said: "I never threatened to bankrupt anyone and I challenge anyone to prove otherwise.

"All I have said about this so far is that I would be looking to recover my costs, which like the Home Office, I'm entitled to do," said Mr Warren.

"I have always said any money I recover will be paid to a youth club in Glasgow and the fact that many of my statements have been ignored suggests to me that Mr Tyson and myself are being used as a political football by certain people in Scotland.

Alex Salmond
Alex Salmond: "People will be aghast"
"You've got to remember that it's the women's group who brought the court application not me, with the clear intention of stopping the promotion, which would have seriously damaged my business."

In a heated radio confrontation on Sunday morning with Scottish National Party leader, Alex Salmond, Mr Warren said he would hold a collection at Hampden in aid of the Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre.

The costs were run up supporting Home Secretary Jack Straw's decision to allow Mike Tyson - a convicted rapist - into Scotland.

The centre said it feared for its future if it had to pay Mr Warren's costs, which are thought to be about 10,000.

'Cash-strapped group'

During the radio exchange, Mr Salmond squared up to the man behind Tyson's clash with fellow American Lou Savarese on 24 June.

He said Mr Warren would be despised in Scotland, and that he was "coming across as a bully and a creep" in trying to "threaten a cash-strapped women's group who fulfil a valuable role in society".

Mr Salmond went on: "These are people who actually do things because they actually care about it.

"You would be well-advised to stop bullying this group and stop carrying forward this vindictive action."

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