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Spurs winger Townsend set for spell with Sporting Chance clinic

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is set to check into the Sporting Chance clinic for a gambling problem, it has been revealed.

The Mail on Sunday says Townsend will have treatment for a gambling problem at the Sporting Chance clinic in Hampshire after being charged by the Football Association with betting offences.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who was on loan at QPR between January and the end of the season, withdrew from the England Under-21 squad for this summer's European Championship in Israel when the charges became public on Friday.

Townsend's betting activity is not connected to match-fixing although sources say it was flagged up by bookmakers to the FA as 'irregular'.

It is believed he had been involved in 'significant' bets, perhaps as big as five figures, on multiple games, including in the Premier League, although not games in which he played.

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