Dr Richard Freeman’s lawyer has urged the General Medical Council to put pressure on the Daily Mail to release a document she believes could help her client.
On a day when technical gremlins meant the panel in Freeman’s medical tribunal was unable to hear from endocrinologist Dr Richard Quinton, Mary O’Rourke QC said she wanted the GMC to “pursue an obtaining order” for the alleged document.
Dr Freeman, who left British Cycling in October 2017, is charged with ordering testosterone gel in May 2011 knowing or believing it was for use by an athlete to improve performance. He faces being struck off if found guilty.
Dr Freeman denies this and claims he was bullied into ordering the testosterone by former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton. He claimed Sutton asked for the testosterone to treat erectile dysfunction.
In surreal scenes last week, Sutton furiously denied those claims before storming out of the hearing, accusing Freeman – who was sitting behind a screen as he is being treated as a ‘vulnerable witness’ – of being “spineless”.
O’Rourke now says the Australian’s evidence should not be submitted to the panel because he is a serial liar. And she says the Daily Mail may have a document which supports her claim.