Former British Cycling and Team Sky chief doctor Richard Freeman has been permanently struck off the medical register, a tribunal has ruled. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal found Dr Freeman’s fitness to practise impaired on Thursday, and imposed the strongest possible sanction on Friday. Dr Freeman admitted or was found guilty of 21 of 22 charges relating to the ordering of testosterone to British Cycling headquarters in 2011, as well as poor record-keeping and inappropriate treatment of non-riders. The central charge, which Dr Freeman denied, was he ordered the Testogel “knowing or believing” it was to be given to a rider for doping purposes. The rider who was the intended recipient of the substance has not been named. Advertisement The tribunal dismissed Dr Freeman’s defence and said on Thursday: “In all the circumstances, the tribunal determined that Dr Freeman’s actions would be considered as deplorable by members of the public and fellow practitioners. “The tribunal considered that Dr Freeman’s conduct surrounding the order of the Testogel amounted to a long and considered pattern of very serious dishonesty.” More from UK COVID-19: UK’s R number increases slightly to between 0.6 and 0.9 COVID-19: Fans could be back in ‘significant numbers’ this summer… Read full this story
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