'Completely drunk' Lloris lucky not to hit pedestrian, says magistrate

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The 31-year-old Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper admitted being more than twice above the drink-drive limit of 35 micrograms when he was stopped by police in central London last month.

Hugo Lloris arrived at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning to face up to his drink-driving charge.

He was charged following a routine patrol stop in Marylebone in the early hours of August 24.

World Cup-winning captain Lloris had spent the evening with some of his global team-mates but was found to have 80 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The incident occured when the Spurs stopper was pulled over for a routine check at 2.20am in Gloucester Park, after being spotted "veering his auto towards parked vehicles" and driving 15mph in a 30mph zone.

Lloris, who had been at a restaurant that night, was swerving towards parked cars and had to be helped out of his vehicle.

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

He was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months.

"I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my teammates, the manager and all of the supporters", Lloris had earlier said in a statement.

"Just 40 days later, he was arrested".

"Drink-driving is completely unacceptable". Vomit was discovered within the auto, and Lloris had to be helped from the vehicle by officers. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight.

Lloris missed Tottenham's 2-1 defeat to Watford with the injury, as well as France's recent global games against Germany and the Netherlands and he says he's not sure if he'll be fit for the match at Wembley at lunchtime on Saturday.

Lloris was spectacular during the World Cup and gave up no goals in either France's tough quarter-final match-up against Uruguay or their semi-final against a unsafe Belgium side. I made a mistake.

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

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

Lloris, who lives in East Finchley, signed for Spurs in 2012 and has made 209 appearances.

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