France World Cup winning captain, Hugo Lloris, gets 20-month ban for drink-driving

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, has been fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months after admitting to being twice the drink-drive limit when stopped in the early hours by police in central London.

The 31-year-old, who captained France to World Cup glory, admitted a charge of drink driving at Westminster magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Lloris was driving his 2018-plate Porsche Panamera along Gloucester Place, Marylebone, on 24 August when he was pulled over during a routine stop by police.

The court heard Lloris provided a sample containing 80 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police in an unmarked car spotted Lloris’ vehicle driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.

He also veered his car “towards parked vehicles” before correcting himself.

When police stopped the vehicle, they discovered vomit and said Lloris had to be helped from the car.

The court heard the goalkeeper had been dining in a restaurant and was showered with drinks from fellow diners.

Lloris, wearing a dark suit and no tie, was flanked by two members of his entourage as he made his way from his vehicle into the court, confronted by dozens of photographers and video journalists.

Defending, David Sonn said Lloris’ “spectacular fall from grace was not lost” on the goalkeeper.

His representative in court said in July that Mr Lloris was “arguably the proudest man on the planet” and added the indignity of being handcuffed amounted to a “spectacular contrast”.

After spending the night in a cell he issued a “wholehearted” apology to his family, club, team-mates and Spurs supporters.

He said at the time of his arrest: “Drink driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”

He started the season in goal for Tottenham but missed the team’s last Premier League match away at Watford, with manager Mauricio Pochettino putting his absence down to a thigh injury.

The club say they took the matter “extremely seriously” and confirmed it would be dealt with internally.

Lloris, of East Finchley, north London, joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has played 209 Premier League games, keeping 75 clean sheets.

He has also represented his country 104 times.