LONDON: Hugo Lloris, captain of World Cup-winners France and Tottenham, has been fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months for being more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police in central London.
Lloris, 31, was charged after being stopped in Gloucester Place, Marylebone, in the early hours of August 24. He pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Henry Fitch told the court that police in an unmarked car spotted Lloris’ Porsche Panamera driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone. The car veered “towards parked vehicles” before correcting and going through a red light. Lloris had to be helped from the car.
He provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms.
David Sonn, defending, said Lloris had been dining in a restaurant with two friends where he was showered with drinks from fellow diners and “by 2am he was completely drunk”. He said a taxi which had booked cancelled so Lloris made “the first of a number of unwise decisions” and decided to drive home.
Sonn said: “On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet, just 40 days days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight. The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris.”