Former Team Sky and British Cycling medic Dr Richard Freeman ‘abused his power’ to cover up order of banned testosterone to national velodrome
- Freeman masterminded a futile attempt to cover up his order in 2011
- He coaxed an unwitting worker at a supply company to send a fake email
- Trish Meats sent a email stating that the package had been sent in error
Unedifying detail of how a former Team Sky and British Cycling medic masterminded a futile attempt to cover up his order of banned testosterone has emerged.
Dr Richard Freeman abused his position to persuade an unwitting worker at a supply company to send a fake email claiming responsibility for the controversial delivery, a medical tribunal heard.
The 60-year-old coaxed Trish Meats, at Oldham-based Fit4Sport, to write a message stating that the package had been sent in error to the Manchester Velodrome by her firm and that it had subsequently been returned and destroyed, despite Freeman knowing that none of those things were true.
Dr Richard Freeman (above) is accused of placing the order for testosterone in 2011
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, Simon Jackson QC, on behalf of the General Medical Council, told Freeman: ‘I am going to say she agreed to do these things because you were a good client, a good customer and she felt obliged to do it for you. You used your position as a doctor and customer to write an email that you knew to be false.’
Freeman is accused of placing the order in May 2011 ‘knowing or believing’ the substance would be administered to an athlete. He admits the order and cover-up but claims he was bullied into asking for 30 sachets of Testogel by coach Shane Sutton to treat his alleged erectile dysfunction.
The alarm was raised when the package landed at the Velodrome and was opened by physio Phil Burt. He showed it to stunned medical director Dr Steve Peters, who told Freeman to get it off the premises. Freeman initially claimed it had been sent in error and contacted the supplier to back his story up.
‘You were an important personal contact,’ said Mr Jackson. ‘You got her to tell lies for you.’
Freeman says the substance was to treat Shane Sutton (above) for alleged erectile dysfunction
Freeman replied: ‘Yes.’
Mr Jackson read out Meats’s statement, in which she said that Freeman was friendly when he called to request the email.
Later, Peters was again drawn into the matter. On Wednesday, Freeman claimed for the first time he had taken the package home and destroyed it the same day that it had arrived.
On Thursday, he appeared to contradict Peters’ evidence by saying he had eventually informed him of what he had done when he went to Peters’ house to come clean after the cover-up was exposed.
‘You told him you’d destroyed it?’ said Mr Jackson. ‘Absolutely,’ Freeman replied.
‘But Dr Peters said he wasn’t told,’ Mr Jackson added. ‘The only thing you told him was that you had got it for Shane Sutton. Is he lying about that?’
‘Possibly,’ said Freeman.
The hearing continues.