Winning captain Lloris pleads guilty in drink drive charge

Demari Gray England

Demari Gray England

By AFP, London France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris is due to appear in court in London on Wednesday over a drink-driving charge after a roadside breathalyser test reportedly caught him two times over the limit.

An unmarked police auto had spotted Lloris - who captained Les Bleus to World Cup glory in Russian Federation 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.

"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.

Ultimately, the 31-year-old Tottenham star was hit with a $65,000 fine and his license will be suspended for 20 months. In England, the legal blood alcohol level is 0.8 g per liter of blood, compared to 0.5 g in France.

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

"I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters". When officers stopped Lloris they found vomit and helped the goalkeeper exit the vehicle.

"Drink-driving is completely unacceptable. But, as Mr Lloris pointed out to me, it is when you're drunk you're likely to make mistakes - that was to drive home".

Lloris missed his country's global friendly game against Germany on Tuesday and Paris Saint-Germain keeper, Alphonse Areola kept a clean sheet when given a chance to impress. Spurs are now fifth in the Premier League table.

He remained for six hours before being charged and released, while his club said they would be taking the matter "extremely seriously".

Lloris has made 207 appearances in the Premier League since joining Spurs from Lyon in 2012.

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