Ex-British Cycling chief Shane Sutton furiously denied claims he is a 'doper' during the medical tribunal of a doctor at the centre of a testosterone-prescribing scandal today.
The former Team Sky head coach gave evidence at the tribunal of Dr Richard Freeman, who is accused of ordering 30 banned Testogel sachets to the National Cycling Centre in May 2011 for the purpose of enhancing an athlete's performance.
Dr Freeman - who denies the accusation - says the testosterone was ordered on behalf of Sutton who required its use for erectile dysfunction. Those claims angered the former coach so much he stormed out of the day's session and refused to return.
Sutton - whose highly anticipated appearance at the tribunal in Manchester began at 2pm following a day-and-a-half delay - said he had no idea why the sachets were ordered, and even swore on the life of his young daughter in a searing session.
Ex Team Sky chief and British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton (right) gave evidence at the tribunal of Dr Richard Freeman (left), who is accused of ordering banned Testogel sachets to the National Cycling Centre in 2011 for the purpose of enhancing an athlete's performance
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
Dr Freeman has admitted 18 of the 22 allegations against him, including an allegation that he asked supplier Fit4Sport to falsely claim the Testogel had been sent in error.
But he insists the sachets were ordered at the behest of Sutton, the Australian coach who delivered unprecedented success to Team Sky and British cycling in recent years.
During the remarkable cross-examination, Dr Freeman's lawyer, Mary O'Rourke QC, said Sutton was 'a doper with a doping history' and 'a habitual and serial liar.'
An enraged Sutton repeatedly denied those claims and any other suggestions he'd doped during his career.
In a dramatic afternoon's session:Sutton accused Freeman of turning up to work drunk and being 'spineless' Claimed his wife wanted to give evidence to deny the erectile dysfunction claims Denied claims a witness saw him inject testosterone at home in the late 1990s Sutton reacted angrily to Miss O'Rourke calling him: 'a liar, a doper and a bully' Repeatedly told Dr Freeman to 'take down that screen' and 'look me in the eye' Denied knowing Testogel was used by riders involved in high-profile doping
'Our case against this gentlemen is that he is a habitual and serial liar, he is a doper with a doping history,' Miss O'Rourke said, before Simon Jackson, for the General Medical Council, interjected.
Sutton hit back at O'Rourke calling her 'out of order' and 'defending the wrong person'. 'You want the truth - I'm telling you the truth,' he said in a heated start.
'You've already accused me of being a doper. You've called me a serial liar - you don't even know me.
'You can say these things and I have no defence. I think you are totally out of order.
During the dramatic cross-examination, Dr Freeman's lawyer, Mary O'Rourke QC, said Sutton was 'a doper with a doping history' and 'a habitual and serial liar.' An enraged Sutton repeatedly denied those claims and any other suggestions he'd doped during his career
Dr Freeman posed with QC Mary O'Rourke (left) and his defence team at his tribunal this week
'Who's lying is the guy who is hiding behind the screen and can't look his friend in the eye... He [Freeman] is a bloody good doctor and friend but at the end of the day this is about whether these patches were ordered by me... Miss O Rourke you are defending the wrong person.
'The question [did you ask for patches] - I am prepared to take a lie detector test on. My 12-year-old son can read the crap you've put in the papers - you're the bully. I'm here to answer your questions on these patches.
'Tell Dr Freeman to take the screen down, man up and look me in the eye. Tell me to my face I ordered it - he won't because he knows I didn't.
'I have no idea why he [Freeman] was ordering it [Testogel], to be honest, Miss