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Tottenham winger Townsend free to start new season

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Townsend has already withdrawn voluntarily from the England squad for the European Under-21 Championship in Israel.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