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."