France World Cup star cops huge fine for drink-driving

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was "lucky" not to knock down pedestrians or damage cars when driving "erratically" at the end of an evening in which he was "showered with drinks" at a restaurant, a court has heard.

Lloris is the French national team captain but Lollichon, a fellow Frenchman, has called the Spurs shot-stopper "overrated".

Lloris had vomit in his Porsche Panamera when he was stopped by officers on 24 August as he drove through Marylebone.

The court was told the 31-year-old provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit in England and Wales.

Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police found Lloris in an unmarked vehicle driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.

They had to help the goalkeeper from his auto.

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

France and Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has pleaded guilty to a charge of drunk driving.

When officers stopped the vehicle, they found vomit and said Lloris had to be helped from the auto.

He has also won more than 100 worldwide caps and lifted the World Cup eight weeks ago after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow.

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

"Forty days later, he was arrested in central London", said the lawer.

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

The magistrate said the fine represented the seriousness of the offence as well as the goalkeeper's financial means.

Lloris, who joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais in 2012, apologised for the incident after he was charged by the Metropolitan Police last month.

Vanessa Coleman

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