Tottenham Hotspurs Captain Hugo Lloris hit with 'drunk-driving' charge


The 31-year-old, who admitted the charge at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, has been fined £50,000 and given a 20-month driving ban.

"Forty days later, he was arrested in central London", said the lawer.

Defending, David Sonn said Lloris' "spectacular fall from grace was not lost" on the goalkeeper.

Lloris, who was in Paris on Monday night to celebrate France's World Cup success with his worldwide teammates, has previously apologised, calling his conduct "completely unacceptable".

He was charged following a routine patrol stop in Marylebone in the early hours of August 24.

The court heard that the French player provided a sample containing 80mcg of alcohol per 100ml; the legal limit in England and Wales is 35mcg.

He apologised for his actions in a statement on the same day: "I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters".

According to Sky Sports, Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police in an unmarked auto spotted Lloris' vehicle driving at 30km in a 60km zone.

"Drink-driving is completely unacceptable". They found vomit in the auto after stopping him.

The shot-stopper, who had apparently been out dining with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud at a Mayfair restaurant, returned home by foot on Friday morning after the incident.

Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France's tough quarter-final match-up against Uruguay or their semi-final against a unsafe Belgium side. "He made a first mistake - he chose to drive".

A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham were treating the entire matter "extremely seriously".

Lloris signed for Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has made 209 appearances in the Premier League, keeping 75 clean sheets.