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Ex-British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman 'was bullied into ordering banned testosterone by technical director Shane Sutton', medical tribunal hearing is told Doctor Richard Freeman claimed he was 'bullied' by Shane Sutton on Friday Sutton denies the claim, made at Freeman's medical tribunal in Manchester  Hearing over the order of banned substance to British Cycling HQ continues

By Chris Jaffray For Mailonline

Published: 16:55 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 16:55 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton 'bullied' Dr Richard Freeman into prescribing testosterone, the ex-team medic has claimed.

Freeman was at a hearing of the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service on Friday to answer allegations relating to the ordering of 30 Testogel sachets to the Velodrome in Manchester in 2011.

He admits ordering it and lying about having it returned to Fitness4Sport but denies that it was for an athlete and that he knew or believed it could be used to enhance performance.

Dr Richard Freeman's witness statement was read out at his medical tribunal in Manchester on Friday

Shane Sutton has been accused of bullying Dr Freeman

Shane Sutton (right) has been accused of bullying Dr Richard Freeman (left) into prescribing testosterone, ordered to British Cycling headquarters 

Sutton is pictured with Laura Kenny, Britain's most successful Olympic female competitor in any sport, at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November 2012

Sutton is pictured with Laura Kenny, Britain's most successful Olympic female competitor in any sport, at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November 2012

Instead Dr Freeman claims it was for cycling coach Sutton, referred to in proceedings as 'the non-athlete', and will argue he was bullied into obtaining it.

He will allege Sutton needed it for erectile dysfunction, but the General Medical Council (GMC) will claim his medical records do not support that he had any condition that would require a prescription of Testogel. 

The case against him was opened by the General Medical Council, who outlined the circumstances ahead the lies which Freeman has already admitted to. 

Representing the body, Simon Jackson QC said the package came to the Velodrome in May 2011 and was picked up by physio Phil Burt who took it to a room with Freeman and Doctor Steve Peters and Freeman said 'we should not have that.'

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