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Ex-Team Sky and British Cycling doctor charged with ordering testosterone for athlete

Tribunal will hear claims that Freeman lied about order of 30 sachets of Testogel

Joe Robinson
15 Jan 2019

The General Medical Council has charged former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman for ordering testosterone to enhance the performance of an athlete. Freeman will now face these charges at a tribunal beginning on 5th February. 

Freeman is accused of lying in regards to an order of 30 sachets of Testogel that was ordered to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester in May 2011.

The doctor, who was also at the centre of the Jiffy Bag scandal, claimed that the delivery of testosterone from Fit4Sport Limited was an error. He is now under investigation for attempting to 'conceal his motive'. 

In a statement released by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, it states that Freeman will face an inquiry into 'untrue statements in that he stated that Testogel had been ordered for a non-athlete member of staff and had been returned to Fit4Sport Limited.'

Instead, the GMC believes that Freeman, in fact, ordered the 'Testogel to administer to an athlete to improve their athletic performance.'

The allegations also claim that Freeman then subsequently contacted Fit4Sport Limited 'requesting written confirmation that the order had been sent in error, returned and would be destroyed by Fit4Sport Limited, knowing that this had not taken place.'

Further to this, it is also claimed that Freeman 'inappropriately provided medical treatment that did not constitute first aid to non –athlete members of staff' and 'failed to maintain an adequate record management system', including the records kept on a laptop that was then stolen from the doctor in 2014.

These allegations were released in pre-inquiry information and will be the charges faced by Freeman throughout the hearing in February.

The former team doctor claims his innocence and hopes to be cleared of all charges, therefore allowing him to continue as a practising doctor. 

In light of these claims, British Cycling stated that they continue to support the GMC's investigation and reaffirmed its position on Freeman.

'British Cycling suspended Dr Richard Freeman in March 2017 and subsequently initiated an investigation into his conduct as an employee of the federation,' the statement read.

'British Cycling requested that Dr Freeman be interviewed as part of the investigation. However, he declined to make himself available for interview, citing grounds of ill health.

'In September 2017, he resigned from British Cycling. British Cycling has raised concerns relating to Dr Freeman's fitness to practise with the General Medical Council and has continued to support the GMC's investigation, in which the federation is a co-referrer.'