Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
The France international attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after he was stopped by police on August 24.
The court was told the 31-year-old provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit in England and Wales.
An unmarked police car had spotted Lloris – who captained Les Bleus to World Cup glory in Russia on July 15 – as he drove his Porsche Panamera in the early hours, with prosecutor Henry Fitch claiming the player went through a red light before being stopped.
Fitch also told the court that police saw Lloris driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone, and veering towards parked cars before correcting himself. Vomit was discovered within the car, and Lloris had to be helped from the vehicle by officers.
David Sonn, defending, said Lloris had been dining in a restaurant where he received drinks from fellow diners.Earlier this week, Lloris spoke about the ‘mistake’ he had made, telling RMC, he stated: “Like everyone, I have my private life. I made a mistake. You have to accept responsibility for it. I have to stay focused on the most important things to me, the pitch, my friends, my family. I always want to go out onto the field to have fun and keep improving myself.”
Lloris has been nominated for The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award, along with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side return to action against Liverpool this weekend, but it remains to be seen if Lloris will feature. Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League table.