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12 November 2019 16:44

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Sutton testimony hold off in Freeman tribunal

Shane Sutton's eagerly anticipated first day as a witness at the medical tribunal of Dr Richard Freeman was a washout on Monday as the hearing, not for the first time, got bogged down in behind-the-scenes legal arguments. The former head coach of British Cycling and Team Sky is, however, expected to give evidence on Tuesday morning. The indications are that a further legal application could be lodged first thing. But Freeman's legal counsel, Mary O'Rourke, QC, says she expects to be able to cross-examine the Australian by lunchtime. The hearing is being held to determine whether Freeman, the former doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky, is fit to practise medicine.

Freeman is accused by the GMC of, among other things, ordering a batch of testosterone patches to British Cycling's headquarters in Manchester in 2011 "knowing or believing it was to be administered to an athlete to improve their athletic performance". Shane Sutton had been due to give his testimony at Dr Freeman's medical tribunal on Monday Shane Sutton's public testimony at the fitness-to-practise tribunal for former British Cycling and Team Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman has been delayed. The Australian, a former head coach of the same organisations and who left British Cycling in 2016, was expected to give evidence at the tribunal on Monday but the hearing was held up by legal argument behind closed doors. The tribunal is considering a legal application and requested the rest of Monday afternoon to hear it. Dr Freeman has admitted ordering 30 sachets of a testosterone gel in May 2011 but has claimed in his witness statement that they were ordered for Sutton.

Freeman has claimed it was ordered to treat Sutton's erectile dysfunction. Simon Jackson, QC for the General Medical Council (GMC) which brought the charges against Dr Freeman, said that Sutton will strenuously deny either suffering from the condition, or that he had ever heard of Testogel prior to the reporting of this case. It is the GMC's case that Dr Freeman obtained the gel in the knowledge or belief that it was to be given to an athlete to enhance performance, something which Freeman denies. When Sutton does appear, he is expected to be cross-examined by Dr Freeman's QC Mary O'Rourke. As well as admitting that he ordered the testosterone gel, Dr Freeman has also admitted trying to cover up the order by asking the firm who delivered it, Fit4Sport Ltd, to say it had been sent in error, returned and destroyed.

He now admits that none of what he asked Fit4Sport to say on the email was true and that he showed it to his colleagues, former British Cycling head of medicine Dr Steve Peters and former British Cycling physio Phil Burt, knowing it to be false. He has also admitted charges relating to prescribing medicine to non-athlete members of staff at British Cycling and to charges related to record-keeping. Shane Sutton was scheduled to testify in Dr. Freeman's medical court on Monday. Shane Sutton's public testimony in the physical fitness court to practice for former British cycling and team doctor Sky Dr. Richard Freeman has been delayed. The Australian, a former head coach of the same organizations and who left British Cycling in 2016, was expected to present evidence in court on Monday, but the hearing was delayed by a legal argument behind closed doors.

The court is considering a legal request and requested the rest of Monday afternoon to hear it. Dr. Freeman admitted to having ordered 30 envelopes of a testosterone gel in May 2011, but has stated in his witness statement that they were ordered for Sutton. Freeman said he was ordered to treat Sutton's erectile dysfunction. Simon Jackson, QC for the General Medical Council (GMC) who filed the charges against Dr. Freeman, said Sutton will strongly deny that he has the condition or has heard of Testogel before reporting on this case. It is the case of GMC that Dr. Freeman obtained the gel with the knowledge or belief that an athlete should be administered to improve performance, something that Freeman denies.

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When Sutton appears, he is expected to be interrogated by the quality control of Dr. Freeman Mary O & #39; Rourke. Dr. Freeman was a British Cycling and Team Sky team doctor until his resignation in September 2017. In addition to admitting that he ordered the testosterone gel, Dr. Freeman also admitted that he tried to cover up the order by asking the company that delivered it, Fit4Sport Ltd, to say that it had been sent in error, returned and destroyed. Now he admits that nothing he asked Fit4Sport to say in the email was true and he showed it to his colleagues, former British Cycling head of medicine, Dr. Steve Peters, and former British Cycling physicist Phil Burt, knowing it was fake. He has also admitted charges related to the prescription of medications to non-athletic staff members in British Cycling and charges related to record keeping. The court will continue on Tuesday. Shane Sutton experienced been because of to give his testimony at Dr Freeman's health-related tribunal on Monday Shane Sutton's community testimony at the conditioning-to-practise tribunal for previous British Biking and Workforce Sky medic Dr Richard Freeman has been delayed. The Australian, a previous head coach of the same organisations and who left British Cycling in 2016, was anticipated to give evidence at the tribunal on Monday but the hearing was held up by lawful argument guiding shut doorways. The tribunal is considering a legal software and requested the rest of Monday afternoon to listen to it. Dr Freeman has admitted ordering 30 sachets of a testosterone gel in Might 2011 but has claimed in his witness assertion that they have been ordered for Sutton. Freeman has claimed it was ordered to handle Sutton's erectile dysfunction. Simon Jackson, QC for the Standard Health care Council (GMC) which introduced the expenses from Dr Freeman, said that Sutton will strenuously deny both struggling from the issue, or that he had at any time listened to of Testogel prior to the reporting of this circumstance. It is the GMC's scenario that Dr Freeman acquired the gel in the information or perception that it was to be presented to an athlete to enhance general performance, some thing which Freeman denies. When Sutton does seem, he is envisioned to be cross-examined by Dr Freeman's QC Mary O'Rourke. Dr Freeman was a group health care provider with British Biking and Crew Sky till his resignation in September 2017. As nicely as admitting that he requested the testosterone gel, Dr Freeman has also admitted seeking to address up the get by inquiring the firm who sent it, Fit4Sport Ltd, to say it experienced been sent in mistake, returned and wrecked. He now admits that none of what he questioned Fit4Sport to say on the electronic mail was genuine and that he showed it to his colleagues, former British Biking head of drugs Dr Steve Peters and former British Cycling physio Phil Burt, being aware of it to be false. He has also admitted rates relating to prescribing medication to non-athlete associates of team at British Cycling and to prices linked to report-keeping. The tribunal will go on on Tuesday. Shane Sutton's eagerly awaited testimony at the Dr Richard Freeman medical tribunal was delayed by hours of legal argument behind closed doors on Monday. Sutton, who was formerly the head coach at British Cycling and Team Sky, is expected to give evidence on Tuesday to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, which is assessing Freeman's suitability to continue to practise medicine. Dr Richard Freeman's lawyer demands newspaper hands over Sutton affidavit Read more Freeman, who worked for British Cycling and Team Sky between 2009 and 2017, has already accepted 18 of 22 charges against him, including that he ordered 30 sachets of the banned substance Testogel to be sent to the Manchester velodrome in 2011 and then lied to UK Anti-Doping about his attempts to cover it up. Freeman denies a key claim that he placed the order knowing it was for an unnamed cyclist to cheat by microdosing testosterone. Instead his legal team say it was secured for Sutton, who bullied him into ordering the drug in order to treat his erectile dysfunction. Simon Jackson, QC for the General Medical Council which has brought the charges against Freeman, said Sutton will strenuously deny either suffering from the condition, or that he had ever heard of Testogel before the reporting of this case. Freeman's lawyer, Mary O'Rourke QC, has said she wants to speak to Sutton about a secret affidavit she claims he gave to the Daily Mail which she claimed was "totally inconsistent" with evidence Sutton had given to a parliament inquiry into doping in sport. O'Rourke has also claimed the affidavit is held in the newspaper's managing editor's safe as "an insurance policy against any potential claims for defamation by Bradley Wiggins, Freeman or Dave Brailsford" and that it contained "a number of lies". The tribunal continues on Tuesday.