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Townsend receives four-month ban
Jun 04, 2013 9:52 PM EST
Tottenham's Andros Townsend has been handed a four-month ban by the FA, three of which are suspended, for breaching betting regulations.
The decision - reached at an Independent Regulatory Commission on Monday - rules the midfielder out of all footballing activity and will be backdated to May 23, the date that the player voluntarily withdrew from the England Under-21 squad for the upcoming UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Three months of the ban have been suspended until July 1, 2016 . However, they will be imposed should he break betting rules again during that time.
Townsend has also been ordered to pay a fine of 18 thousand pounds.
The midfielder was loaned to QPR in January after failing to establish himself in the first team at White Hart Lane.
Despite QPR’s relegation from the Premier League, he caught the eye with a series of fine performances during his temporary spell at Loftus Road.
He appeared 12 times for the side during his loan stint, scoring twice.