Tottenham Hotspur’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been fined £50,000 for drink driving after police pulled him over for travelling at just 15mph in his £65,000 Porsche.
The 31-year-old Frenchman, who captains the north London side and earns £150,000 a week at Spurs, admitted one charge of drink driving at Westminster magistrates Court today. He has now been fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.
He is also in line to be fined two weeks’ wages worth £300,000 by his club.
Lloris, a father-of-two, was driving his 2018-plate Porsche Panamera along Gloucester Place, Marylebone, at around 2am on August 24 when he was pulled over during a routine stop by police.
The court heard prior to getting behind the wheel, the goalkeeper had been dining at Bagatelle in Mayfair, a plush club-restaurant, with compatriots Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, where he was showered with drinks from fellow diners.
Prosecutor Henry Fitch said later that night police in an unmarked car spotted Lloris’ vehicle driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.
He also veered his car ‘towards parked vehicles’ before correcting himself. When police stopped the vehicle, they discovered vomit and said Lloris had to be helped from the car.
Magistrates were told that after being pulled over Lloris provided a sample containing 80 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit in England and Wales is 35 microgrammes.
The Spurs and France captain spent a night in a cell at Charing Cross police station after failing the breath test, just a month after claiming football’s most coveted prize.
As is protocol with Premier League clubs, Tottenham are now set to fine him two weeks’ wages. As a result of showing contrition after being arrested and charged, he is set to keep his captaincy.
Outlining the case, prosecutor Mr Fitch said: ‘Shortly before 2.20am, officers were on patrol in an unmarked vehicle when their attention was drawn to a Porsche – it was moving strangely and doing 15mph in a 30mph zone.
‘It veered a number of times towards parked vehicles, nearly clipping them, before correcting itself. It then went through a red light.’
Defence counsel Mr Sonn described his client’s fall from grace after being arrested.
He said: ‘On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet (having captained France to the World Cup victory).
‘Just 40 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.’
Mr Sonn added Lloris had initially booked a taxi but it cancelled, prompting Lloris to drive – something described by Mr Sonn as ‘the first of a number of unwise decisions’.
He added: ‘By 2am he was completely drunk. At that moment he should have left the vehicle where it was. 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.’
Sentencing Lloris, magistrate Amanda Barron said the fine represented the seriousness of the offence as well as the goalkeeper’s financial means – though details of his salary were not disclosed in court.
She said: ‘This is a very serious offence, as you know.
‘Not only were you putting your own life at risk but also that of your passenger.
‘It was pure luck that you did not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians in the central London area.’
Today the footballer was met by a scrum of photographers who surrounded the Frenchman as he walked inside Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
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.
‘We expect the captain of Tottenham Hotspur and his national team to be setting a good example, not flouting the law in such a manner.
‘This kind of dangerous behaviour is selfish, illegal and puts lives at risk.’
Tottenham were left understandably furious by the incident, as they were preparing for their Premier League clash with Manchester United. Lloris still started and surprisingly wore the captain’s armband.
What helped was the Frenchman showed public remorse after being arrested as he said in a statement: ‘I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters. Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.’
Lloris is known to be immensely popular inside the Spurs changing room. The decision over his captaincy was down to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Lloris was not picked to play for France in the recent United League of Nations games against Germany and Holland. He has signed a new £150,000 per deal with Spurs who are fifth in Premier League under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Lloris has been with Tottenham since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 207 appearances in the Premier League and keeping 74 clean sheets.
He has grown to be regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers during his time in England. Lloris has won more than 100 international caps and lifted the World Cup in July, after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.
He lives in an exclusive gated £5.9million mansion in Finchley, north London, with his childhood sweetheart Marine.