Free­man hear­ing given restart date

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Cy­cling By Tom Cary

The delayed med­i­cal tri­bunal in­volv­ing Richard Free­man, the for­mer Bri­tish Cy­cling and Team Sky doc­tor, will re­con­vene on Oct 6.

Free­man stands ac­cused by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil of or­der­ing a batch of testos­terone to Bri­tish Cy­cling’s Manch­ester head­quar­ters in 2011 “know­ing or believing” that it was in­tended for an ath­lete.

Free­man denies that charge, al­though he does ad­mit 18 of the GMC’s 22 charges against him.

In the mat­ter of the testos­terone, Free­man al­leges that he was bul­lied by for­mer head coach Shane Sut­ton into or­der­ing 30 sa­chets of Testo­gel to treat Sut­ton’s al­leged erec­tile dys­func­tion. Sut­ton denies he has ever suf­fered from that con­di­tion.

The Aus­tralian stormed out of the hear­ing last Novem­ber af­ter deny­ing fur­ther sen­sa­tional claims from Free­man’s lawyer Mary O’Rourke that he was a “se­rial liar”, a “bully” and a “doper with a dop­ing his­tory”. Sut­ton de­clined to re­turn to fin­ish giv­ing ev­i­dence. The hear­ing ended up go­ing part-heard.

The win­dow for the hear­ing, which will be held re­motely or in per­son at the MPTS build­ing in Manch­ester, has been set from Oct 6-Nov 26.

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