Sunday 16 December 2018

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris banned for 20 months and fined €50k for drink-driving in his Porsche Panamera

Tottenham and France goal keeper Hugo Lloris arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Tottenham and France goal keeper Hugo Lloris arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Tottenham's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted being more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped in the early hours by police in central London.

The 31-year-old Frenchman, who captains the north London side, admitted a charge of drink driving at Westminster magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.

Lloris was driving his 2018-plate Porsche Panamera along Gloucester Place, Marylebone, on August 24 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.

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

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.

Lloris, of East Finchley, north London, signed for Spurs from Lyon in 2012, making 209 appearances in the Premier League and keeping 75 clean sheets.

He has also won more than 100 international caps and lifted the World Cup during the summer, after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

He did not make the squad for Spurs' last league match, a 2-1 defeat at Watford, on September 2.

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