'I was used as a scapegoat' says Shane Sutton after Freeman guilty verdict

Shane Sutton maintains that neither he nor Dave Brailsford knew about the testosterone order

Dave Brailsford and Shane Sutton at the Manchester Velodrome on November 2013 (Getty)

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Shane Sutton has said he is disappointed he was used as a scapegoat in the Dr Richard Freeman saga after his former British Cycling and Team Sky colleague was found guilty of ordering testosterone ‘knowing or believing’ it was to help dope a rider.

Sutton, who was performance director at the time Freeman ordered the banned drug Testogel to British Cycling and Team Sky Manchester HQ in June 2011, with Freeman claiming he was bullied into ordering it to treat Sutton's erectile dysfunction. Sutton denied these claims and the GMC also raised doubts in their report about whether Sutton had sent bullying texts messages as Freeman had failed to provide any evidence supporting that claim, as well as saying it believes Sutton to have been a credible witness during the case.

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