Townsend charged by FA
Published 24/05/2013 | 15:59
Tottenham player Andros Townsend has been charged with allegedly breaching betting regulations by the Football Association.
The 21-year-old winger, who spent time on loan at QPR during their relegation campaign, has also withdrawn from England's squad for the European Under-21 Championship. He will be replaced in the squad by Birmingham's Nathan Redmond.
"The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting," the FA said in a statement.
"The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences.
"The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges."
A separate statement from the FA said: "Townsend will receive the full support of the FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations."
The FA also announced Southampton left-back Luke Shaw had withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad to be replaced by Liverpool's Jack Robinson.
It is understood that Townsend is not being accused of betting on matches he had any involvement in. However the FA has strict betting rules that forbid gambling on a wide spectrum of matches, and for various reasons laid out in its regulations.
Townsend is a product of the Tottenham academy who has had loan spells with a host of clubs, including Ipswich, Millwall, Leeds and Birmingham, while attempting to make his mark at White Hart Lane.
He was among Harry Redknapp's January signings for QPR, giving some impressive performances but ending the season as part of an expensively-assembled side that was condemned to spend next season in the npower Championship. His representatives have declined to comment on the FA charges.