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Bad Day For Spurs: Joao Moutinho Joins Monaco, While Andros Townsend Charged With Betting

white hart lane Bad Day For Spurs: Joao Moutinho Joins Monaco, While Andros Townsend Charged With Betting

It’s been a bad day for Tottenham Hotspur. FC Porto have announced that they’ve sold midfielder Joao Moutinho to Monaco for a transfer fee of £21 million. The White Hart Lane club were reportedly within minutes of signing Moutinho last summer, but failed to beat the deadline to bring the highly-sought after footballer to England.

In the meantime, Tottenham are still reportedly pursuing the signings of strikers Leandro Damiao and Roberto Soldado.

In other news today, Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been charged by The FA for alleged breach of betting regulations.

According to a statement from The FA, “The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting. The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences. The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges.”

Townsend, who was on loan at Queens Park Rangers last season, has pulled out of the England u21 European Championship squad and will be replaced by Birmingham City’s Nathan Redmond.

“Townsend will receive the full support of The FA and Tottenham Hotspur FC in seeking rehabilitation whilst responding to the allegations,” added The FA statement.

It’s understood that the charge against Townsend has nothing to do with match fixing.


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