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WATCH: Lloris gets £50 000 fine, driving ban for drink-driving

2018-09-12 13:05
Hugo Lloris (Getty Images)

London - France's World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris avoided jail but received a 20-month driving ban and a £50 000 fine on Wednesday for drink-driving in central London.

The Tottenham Hotspur keeper, one of the heroes of the France side that marched to their second World Cup in 20 years in Russia in July, had his fine reduced by a third because he pleaded guilty.

"On 15th of July, he was the proudest man of the planet," attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow.

"Forty days later, he was arrested in central London," said the lawer. "Today he apologises to the court."

Lloris was one of the heroes of France's commanding march to their second football World Cup in 20 years.

The triumph turned the 31-year-old into a national hero and confirmed his status as one of the most respected goalkeepers in the world.

But Lloris's dream turned into a nightmare when his Porsche was pulled over for a routine stop in central London at 2:20am on August 24.

The Daily Mail tabloid said Lloris registered 100 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath in a police check.

The amount is roughly the equivalent of seven glasses of wine, although alcohol levels depend on multiple factors such as age, gender and metabolism.

The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyser test is 35 microgrammes.

"I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters," Lloris had earlier said in a statement.

"Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set."

Police said Lloris nearly hit parked cars and went through a red light. They found vomit in the car after stopping him.

Lloris spent seven hours in a cell that night before returning home on foot.

Taxi cancelled

His lawyer said Lloris knew he should not have been driving and had called a cab after a night out.

"He had booked a taxi but unfortunately the taxi cancelled at the last minute," Sonn said. "He made a first mistake – he decided to drive."

The married father of two looked stoic and dressed impeccably in a dark suit and blue shirt as he made his way in silence through a crush of reporters into the courtroom.

Lloris missed France's opening games in the inaugural Uefa Nations League.

France coach Didier Deschamps attributed his 'keeper's absence to a thigh injury and gave Lloris his wholehearted support.

"He knows only too well that it shouldn't happen, but it happened and it's not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I've always known," said Deschamps.

Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France's tough quarterfinal match-up against Uruguay or their semifinal against a dangerous Belgium side.

He blundered once in the final against Croatia but his team still prevailed 4-2.

But Lloris's London club are now left to ponder what to do with their starting keeper after his conviction for a serious driving offence.

Tottenham have won three of their first four matches and are placed fifth in the English Premier League.

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

Lloris has made 256 appearances with Tottenham since joining from the French club Lyon in 2012.

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