Tottenham’s Andros Townsend is dominating the headlines for all the wrong reasons after a breach of betting regulations during the season left the winger with a four month ban. Here’s the statement from the FA website.
“At an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Tottenham Hotspur’s Andros Townsend was suspended from all football and football activity for a period of four months, subject to any appeal, backdated to the 23 May 2013 when the player voluntarily withdrew from the England Under-21 squad.
“However, three months of the suspension is suspended until 1 July 2016 and will be automatically invoked upon a proven breach of The FA Betting Rules during that period.”
All of this means that Andros will be available for the start of the new campaign, so as long as he stays out of trouble the ban will have been fairly pointless. But will this have any effect on his future at Spurs or on his career in general? After impressing at QPR during his recent loan spell, the player may have been looking forward to a permanent place on the bench and some more game time at the Lane next season but will the club take a dim view of his transgression?