Tottenham winger Townsend free to start new season

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend will be available for next season's kickoff.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend will be available for next season's kickoff.

The Daily Star says Townsend has been fined £18,000 for gambling offences – but will not miss a single Premier League game.

The FA last night hit the 21-year-old with a four-match ban for breaching strict betting regulations.

But his ban is backdated to May 23, and three of those months have been suspended until July 1 2016.

Townsend has already withdrawn voluntarily from the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Israel.

But that will be the only football he misses as he will now be available to start the new season.

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