Richard Freeman has denied dispute over medical policy was behind seeking the removal of David Hulse ©Getty Images

Richard Freeman has been accused of seeking the removal of a fellow doctor from Team Sky because he raised concerns over use of intravenous infusions for recovery.

Freeman is currently giving evidence at a medical tribunal.

The former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor has admitted to 18 of 22 charges brought against him by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Freeman was accused of aiming to have former doctor David Hulse removed from Team Sky in 2010.

Hulse had expressed concerns over protocols Freeman sought to introduce at Team Sky after a disappointing season.

Hulse questioned the ethics of using intravenous infusions for recovery, suggesting protocols could lead to a possible breach of anti-doping rules by the team.

Intravenous infusions were later prohibited from the spring of 2011.

According to The Guardian, Freeman denied suggestions he tried to remove Hulse over a disagreement regarding the policy.

Freeman claimed his disagreement with Hulse was over the care of Txema Gonzalez, a soigneur who died from a bacterial infection at the Vuelta a España in 2010.

The GMC's lawyer Simon Jackson claimed Freeman had viewed Hulse as a bar to the progress of the team.

Jackson reportedly read out an email Freeman sent to Professor Steve Peters, the then head of medicine at Team Sky, after the Vuelta a España.

Richard Freeman reportedly sought the removal of three doctors from Team Sky in 2010 ©Getty Images
Richard Freeman reportedly sought the removal of three doctors from Team Sky in 2010 ©Getty Images

"I like the idea of four to five doctors experienced in pro cycling,” Freeman wrote, according to The Guardian.

"Specifically in areas such as management of infection, vomiting and recovery.

"I know Dr CC (Hulse) will not be able to adapt his views to reach a consensus decision fit for Sky's purpose."

Freeman had reportedly identified Roger Palfreeman and Simon Roberts as doctors who he believed should not be working for Team Sky.

His email claimed Palfreeman "could not cope with the uncertainty of doping within professional cycling and will worry himself, and the team, to death".

Palfreeman had previously worked with the British teams at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Freeman also said Roberts was a "cycling nut first", stating "he is not what Team Sky would need to move forward and put Sky in a place to compete to win and a friend of Dr CC (Hulse)".

Freeman has denied viewing Hulse as a bar to the teams’ progress.

The Tribunal had already heard Freeman deny ordering testosterone while "knowing or believing" the banned substance was intended to be administered to an athlete.

Freeman has claimed he was bullied into ordering the drug by former British Cycling and Team Sky performance director Shane Sutton to treat his erectile dysfunction - a claim Sutton rejects.

Freeman has previously admitted using a "screwdriver or blunt instrument" to destroy a laptop containing riders' medical data.

The damage reportedly occurred during the period when UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) were examining the laptop in 2017 and when the GMC requested access in late 2018.

The laptop was a replacement for one allegedly stolen from Freeman three years earlier, which was seen to hinder a UKAD investigation into a mystery package delivered to the Critérium du Dauphiné in 2011.

Freeman has been accused of failing to keep adequate medical records after he claimed the package sent to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the French race contained the legal decongestant flumicil.

UKAD had to close their investigation over a lack of medical records.

Freeman alleged Sutton had leaked the story in retaliation for the part he played in his "downfall".