Hugo Lloris is fighting to save his Tottenham captaincy after the full details of his drink-drive arrest were made public.
Goalkeeper Lloris , who captained France to World Cup Final glory earlier this summer, is set to be fined £300,000 – two weeks’ wages – by his club after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
Westminster Crown Court heard Lloris, who admitted to being behind the wheel at twice the legal limit – was so drunk he had to be helped from his car, that his speech was slurred and he was unable to stand up properly.
He had driven through a red light and veered his car “towards parked vehicles”, while the police officers who stopped him found vomit inside his Porsche.
Magistrate Amanda Barron said it was “pure luck” Lloris “did not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians”, and that his actions had put his life, and that of his passenger, at risk.
Spurs club must now decide whether he retains the armband long term, or whether his actions warrant a change of captain.
The court was told the 31-year-old had provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms.
The club fine is six times the £50,000 punishment Lloris received from the court, which also banned him from driving for 20 months.
He was arrested and charged in the early hours of August 20, a month after his World Cup Final glory, following a night out in London with France team-mates Laurent Koscielny, of Arsenal, and Olivier Giroud, who plays for Chelsea.
David Sonn, defending, said Lloris had been showered with drinks by fellow diners and “by 2am he was completely drunk”.
Following his arrest, he was taken to Charing Cross police station, where he spent seven hours in custody before being formally charged.
The incident took place ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League win at Manchester United, a victory in which Lloris started and retained the armband.
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He had issued an apology before Wednesday’s court appearance, saying 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.”
In view of these court proceedings, however, all eyes will be on Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on Thursday to clarify the club’s position on the captaincy.
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