Tottenham midfielder Townsend hit with four-month ban for breaching betting regulations

The 21-year-old will serve one month, backdated to May 23, with a further 12 weeks suspended until July 1, 2016 pending a further breach of Football Association rules
Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend has been handed a four-month ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of breaching betting regulations.

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The suspension has been backdated to May 23, the date of the original charge, with three months of the ban suspended until July 1, 2016, pending another breach of regulations.

The winger, who withdrew from England's Under-21 squad for the summer European Championships in light of the original allegations, is not believed to have placed money on matches he was involved in.

A statement on the FA website read: "At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Tottenham'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.

"Townsend, who was also fined £18,000, was charged for breaches of FA Rule E8(b) for misconduct in relation to betting, which he admitted and requested a personal hearing."

Townsend recently enjoyed a successful loan spell at QPR, notching two goals in 12 Premier League appearances.