Ref Mike Dean booked Townsend for simulation after the winger dived over Frank Lampardâ€™s leg in the first half against Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
With refreshing honesty, Townsend said: "I said to the ref at half-time that the leg was there and he pulled out at the last minute and I still went over. It was a deserved yellow card and I have got to kick it out of my game.
"You make mistakes, and that dive was a mistake. I apologised to the ref. I said to him at half-time that I thoroughly deserved it and hopefully I wonâ€™t do it again.
"It all goes so fast. The leg is there and you go over it. Itâ€™s sort of instinct. If thereâ€™s contact, itâ€™s not a dive."
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