France goalkeeper Lloris pleads guilty to drunk driving, fined $65,000


Captain of the French team that won the World Cup in Russian Federation in July, Hugo Lloris was condemned by a judge in court on Wednesday for failing a breath test, and was subsequently banned from driving for the next 20 months.

The Tottenham goalkeeper was pulled by over by police in central London last month when his Porsche was veering toward parked vehicles before going through a red light. They found vomit in the auto after stopping him.

The maximum punishment for drink-driving in Britain is a six-month jail term, although fines and temporary driving bans are more common.

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

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

"This kind of unsafe behaviour is selfish, illegal and puts lives at risk".

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The court heard that the goalkeeper had been out at a restaurant that evening, where he had been bought drinks by other customers. The legal limit is 35.

He said a taxi which had booked cancelled so Lloris made "the first of a number of unwise decisions" and chose to drive home.

In July, he became just the second French captain to pick up the World Cup trophy, having helped the team to a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final of that competition - a game in which he made a tremendous error when his side were coasting to the prize. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight.

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.

After sentencing, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for charity Brake, said: "It is disappointing to see that someone who is a role model to many thousands of football fans has admitted breaking the law by drink-driving".

"This kind of unsafe behaviour is selfish, illegal and puts lives at risk".