Andros Townsend Charged with Breaking Betting Rules by FA
As a result, Townsend has withdrawn from England's U-21 squad for the upcoming Euro 2013.
TheFA.com reported the news of Townsend allegedly breaking Rule E8 (b) in correlation with a number of betting offenses. Per the report, Townsend has until June 3 to respond to the allegations made by English football's governing body.
Owen Gibson of The Guardian confirmed via Twitter that Townsend's sanctions are not related to match fixing, rather betting on outcomes of games that he was involved in:
Townsend case not believed to be related to match fixing but breaking rules on betting on competitions in which he was involved.— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) May 24, 2013
The FA also reported on Twitter that Townsend had withdrawn from upcoming competition after the allegations were made public:
Per Gibson's report with The Guardian, the FA also released a statement that both the FA and Tottenham would afford Townsend full support as the investigation continues and he responds to the charges.
Townsend joined the Spurs academy at the age of nine, and he steadily moved up the ranks with Tottenham over the past few years on loans with other clubs. He made his Premier League debut last September against Reading, but was shipped to QPR in January for the remainder of EPL play.
Starting 12 EPL games for QPR, Townsend registered two goals on 35 shots. In all competitions during the 2012-13 season, he tallied three goals and an assist in 14 starts in EPL, FA Cup and Europa League play.
He will be replaced by Birmingham's Nathan Redmond on the England U-21 roster.
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