Andros Townsend charged over alleged breaches of betting | inside World Soccer

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andros Townsend has been charged by the FA over alleged breaches of its rules regarding betting.

Andros Townsend has been withdrawn from England's squad for the U-21 European Championship
Andros Townsend has been withdrawn from England's squad for the U-21 European Championship

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Townsend, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, has been charged in relation to what the FA described as "a number of betting offenses".

He has subsequently withdrawn from England's squad for the U-21 European Championship next month, with his place going to Birmingham City's Nathan Redmond.

"The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting," read an FA statement.

"Townsend will receive the full support of The FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations."

The charges against Townsend are believed not to relate to match fixing or placing bets on matches in which he was involved.

However, it is believed that the 21-year-old may have been placing large bets on other top-flight matches.

Football's gambling culture has come under increasing scrutiny as the salaries of players have soared, with some calling for an outright ban on any betting by professional players in order to protect the image of the sport and prevent problem gambling.

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