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Spurs' Townsend Banned for Betting

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, June 4, 2013 2:06 PM

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend on Tuesday was handed a four-month ban for breaching betting rules. The 21-year-old, who spent the second half of the English Premier League season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, has been a $27,500 fine, while three of the four months have been suspended.

The Independent Regulatory Commission hearing issued the following statement: "At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend was suspended from all football and football activity for a period of four months, subject to any appeal, backdated to the 23 May 2013 when the player voluntarily withdrew from the England Under-21 squad. However, three months of the suspension is suspended until 1 July 2016 and will be automatically invoked upon a proven breach of The FA Betting Rules during that period.

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