However, three months of the sanction is suspended until July 1, 2016. The ban has been backdated to May 23 when he withdrew from the England Under-21 squad for the European Championship.
He was also fined £18,000.
An FA Independent Regulatory Commission hearing found Townsend guilty of breaches of FA Rule E8(b), which prohibits players from betting or facilitating betting on matches over which they can have an influence.
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