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Crystal Palace winger Townsend: I lost £46k from gambling in one night

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has revealed he once lost £46,000 in one night.

Then at Tottenham, Townsend was fined in June 2013 by the Football Association and suspended for four months for breaching betting regulations

Townsend, 28, wrote on The Players' Tribune: "I don't drink. I don't do drugs. I don't think I've ever been inside a nightclub in my life. And yet I still managed to lose 46 grand with just one tap on my phone.

"I didn't even have to leave my room. I'm probably the only lad in history to lose £46,000 lying in bed on a Wednesday night in Blackpool. This is not a golden boy story. Let's make that clear straight away.

"You didn't click on a fairytale, I'm sorry to tell you. I don't like talking about myself too much, so I'm not telling this story for the whole world.

"I'm telling it for the people out there who have had their knocks - for those who have been misunderstood, depressed, lost, and especially the ones who have battled addiction."

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