Tyson Fury was taken to court by a local council (Photo: Getty)

Tyson Fury and two of his brothers must pay almost £100,000 after a judge ruled they were liable for unpaid business fees.

The 35-year-old world heavyweight boxing champion and his brothers Shane and John were taken to court by Cheshire East Council over non-payment of business rates since 2021.

None of the trio attended a hearing on Tuesday at Chester Magistrates' Court to resolve the dispute, but their father, John Fury Snr, gave evidence to say he had already transferred ownership of the Moss Lane site to them.

The council argued that there was unpaid tax because the land they owned in Styal, Chesire, was being used as a business as it had been turned into a car park.

However, the unpaid amount was disputed by the Furys' representatives, who stated that they were not responsible as they had rented the land to another party.

On Tuesday the court heard how Fury Snr rented a storage yard, said to be “a stone's throw” from Manchester Airport, for £600 a month to Babakir Elmosbah, who said he was a director of a company that used the site for a valet service to and from the airport.

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Fury was the only member of the Fury family to appear in court (Photo: PA)
Elmosbah, director of Holiday Car Parks Manchester Ltd, outside Chester Magistrates' Court (Photo: PA)

However, District Judge John McGarva said the defendants – the Fury brothers – “did not come close to establishing a prima facie case” that the company, Holiday Car Parks Manchester Ltd, was actually occupying the premises.

McGarva ordered the Furys to pay the business rates bill of £82,166.85, along with the council's legal costs of £17,206.

Fury Snr told the court he placed ownership of the land in a trust for his three children to take over when they turned 21.

Fury and his brothers also had to pay the council's legal costs (Photo: Getty)

He admitted, however, that his signature was on a commercial lease agreement with Holiday Car Parks Manchester Ltd.

The father of six said he was dyslexic, could not read or write and that a trusted advisor, “much more educated than me”, had helped him with all business negotiations.

Fury Snr said: 'All I did was rent land to this gentleman [Mr Elmosbah]. I have no understanding of what business they do.

The case concerned land that was used as a parking lot (Photo: Instagram)

'I am an old-fashioned and semi-literate man. That's how it is.'

Asked why he signed the form when his children were registered owners, he said he came from a “different culture” and that “I am still the man of that land”.

Fury Snr continued: 'They have nothing to do with it. I'm a boxing coach, I'm a boxing coach. I have no understanding. The only trouble I got into was criminal, not technical. It's not my area. I try to stay away from paperwork.

He said he was not told to attend Tuesday's hearing but wanted to explain why his children were registered as landowners.

Fury Snr said: 'They had nothing to do with any of this. It's ridiculous. Especially Tyson, when you pay millions in taxes every year. He hasn't lived here for 18 years.'

He left the courtroom after giving his statement and did not return to hear the judge's decision.

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