France keeper gets driving ban, fine for drink-driving

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2018

The World Cup victor, wearing a dark suit and no tie, faced a scrum of photographers as he arrived at court, flanked by security guards.

According to official court papers, the France star was stopped with 80 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - more than double the legal limit of 35mg.

As such, Lloris has been fined £50,000 (R980k) and banned from driving for 20 months since pleading guilty for the charges made against him.

The court heard police in an unmarked vehicle spotted Lloris' Porsche driving at 15mph in a 30mph zone.

She said: "This is a very serious offence, as you know".

Magistrate Amanda Barron said it was "pure luck" Lloris "did not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians", and his actions had put his and his passenger's lives at risk.

He also veered his auto "towards parked vehicles" before correcting himself.

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The legal driving limit in England in a breathalyser test is 35 microgrammes.

David Sonn, defending, said Lloris had been dining in a restaurant with two friends where he was showered with drinks from fellow diners and "by 2am he was completely drunk".

He has also won more than 100 worldwide caps and lifted the World Cup during the summer, after France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final.

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

David Sonn, defending, said the incident represented a "spectacular fall from grace" for the World Cup victor, who was not part of the Spurs squad for the loss at Watford earlier this month.

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

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