Richard Freeman realized that he had confessed to the charge of “tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of doping control” but challenged the second charge, which is “possession of a prohibited substance,” and has requested a hearing. By PA Media Last updated: 02/12/21 10:42 PM Former British cycling physician and Sky Team physician Richard Freeman is facing two UKAD anti-doping charges related to requesting a banned testosterone product. It is understood that Freeman has pleaded guilty to the charge of “tampering or attempting to tamper with any part of doping control” but challenged the second charge, of “possession of a prohibited substance”, and requested a hearing. Sky Sports News commented on the accusations, but declined to make them. The news of the charges – which could carry a four-year ban from exercising – came on the day Freeman’s legal advisor Mary O’Rourke QC concluded her final report at the longtime Freeman Fitness Court. 18 of the 22 charges were brought against him by the General Medical Council, but he denies the central charge for ordering Testogel to know or believe the substance was intended to abuse doping. A hearing that began two years ago, the UK had always been expected to file charges against Freeman given that in his testimony he had confessed to lying to investigators about 30 sachets of testosterone delivered to the National Cycling Center in 2011. O’Rourke argued that GMC had failed to produce “little evidence.” To support the charge that Freeman ordered testosterone for doping. O’Rourke said the GMC case is based on “speculation and speculation”: “They don’t get a little clue to show that it’s a Testogel order for a contestant dope. They can’t identify a contestant… that adds nothing.” Freeman insisted it’s Testogel’s command after he Former performance director Shane Sutton asked him to treat his erectile dysfunction, something Sutton denied. She argued that Freeman, who accused Sutton of bullying, had nothing to gain from seeking to drug a contestant, and said, “It would be the most outlandish, and it wouldn’t bring him any personal gain. What would he do if he got[an anti-doping rule violation]?” He’s at risk Exclusion from the sport for two to four years. ” Instead, O’Rourke turned her focus to Sutton, who gave a brief but explosive testimony in court in November 2019, when he walked out of the hearing after denying allegations he was “a liar and an idiot.” And a bully. ”“ The atmosphere in the room and the fear it caused was extraordinary, ”O’Rourke said of that day. You have to tell yourself, why did this happen? Why did such an explosion happen? Why didn’t Shane Sutton simply say, “It wasn’t me and I had nothing to hide?” He wanted to stop asking him about anything. O’Rourke later added, “One possibility is that Sutton was getting a Testogel for nefarious purposes and had a contestant. His path wants that. But this was not the case for GMC. “If Shane Sutton and he had a passenger he wanted to give him, he would have every reason to walk away and not cooperate.” O’Rourke also expressed surprise that GMC attorney Simon Jackson had not called in a number of witnesses related to the case, not the least of which was Skye’s team manager and former British cycling chief Sir Dave Brailsford. “Dave Brailsford is the missing ghost in these proceedings and he would have been able to answer a lot of questions about what was going on in British Cycling and Team Sky.” The court has now been adjourned until March 2, when ruling on the facts is expected. .