English player charged with betting breaches
LONDON (AP) -Tottenham winger Andros Townsend was charged Friday with misconduct over breaches of the English Football Association's betting regulations and will seek "rehabilitation.''
Townsend has until Monday to respond to the charge, but he has already pulled out of England's squad for the under-21s European Championship next month in Israel.
"Townsend has withdrawn himself from the squad after The FA announced charges against him in relation to alleged betting offences,'' the FA said in a statement. "Townsend will receive the full support of The FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations.''
Townsend was charged with breaches "in relation to a number of betting offenses,'' the FA said. There is no suggestion the charge relates to match-fixing.
It is against FA regulations for players to bet on matches in competitions they are involved in or have any influence over.
On May 13, a message appeared on Townsend's official Twitter account saying "Might put a bet on a london club winning the championship playoffs! Have just got a feeling.....''
Such a bet would not be a breach of the FA betting rules, the organization said.
Townsend spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham's Premier League rival Queens Park Rangers, which was relegated to the second tier.
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