A greyhound racing trainer who said he was known as "The biggest crook in Wimbledon" on national television is to face a disciplinary panel.

Chris Mosdall was filmed by an undercover reporter on BBC’s Panorama programme boasting about drugging greyhounds so they run more slowly than their competitors so he can fix the results.

Race fixing is illegal.

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In a programme aired on Monday night he said to the undercover reporter he has been able to get away with cheating and it has been 10 years since he was caught.

Mosdall has raced at a number of tracks, but most recently at the world-famous Plough Lane venue in Wimbledon, which is under the spotlight as AFC Wimbledon are about to submit a bid to Merton Council for a new stadium.

A £100m new greyhound stadium is also in the running for the site.

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The businessman behind the greyhound plan said he did not know about the alleged culture of drugging but it was no surprise to learn of it.

Paschal Taggart, speaking from Melbourne, Australia, today said: "They should be drummed out of the business and not allowed to work again.

"It should not be tolerated, I would not tolerate it."

He pledged to clean up the sport if his plan for a state-of-the-art stadium was approved.

"It is dreadful and horrendous.

"If you let facilities go down like that this is what you get - depravity and gambling," he said.

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) which is the governing body for licensed greyhound racing said Mosdall is a rogue trainer and it would not launch an investigation unless he named others involved, although he will have to appear before a disciplinary panel.

GBGB spokesman Simon Banks said: "He [Mosdall] has broken certain rules and we will find out if he is guilty, and if he is guilty he will be dealt with."

He said there were regular tests carried out at the stadium and they constantly monitor race patterns.

Mr Banks said: "It is a clean sport with a few bad apples.

"Greyhound racing is not corrupt, it has got a few problems but it is trying to deal with them the best it can."

Although on camera Mr Mosdall said he works with other trainers and kennel handlers to pocket the winnings, Mr Banks said the claims were not substantiated with evidence.

In the programme it alleged up to 2,500 retired greyhounds are killed every year, with some being rescued. The GBGB said it did not publicise euthanasia data.

According to a GBGB annual report from 2013, there were 59 cases heard by the disciplinary committee that year.

Mr Banks said out of those, five were ‘warned off,’ which means they were not allowed near a race track again, four had their trainer or handler licenses withdrawn and one was disqualified. Six people were severely reprimanded.

"It does happen," he said.

The panel will be heard in December of January behind closed doors.

Galliard Homes, which owns the site in Plough Lane, did not want to comment.