France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was on Wednesday handed a 20-month driving ban as well as a £50,000 fine for drink-driving.
Lloris, who featured for the victorious France team at the 2018 Fifa World, appeared at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Lloris, 31, was on August 24th, pulled over during a routine stop by police while driving his 2018-plate Porsche Panamera along Gloucester Place, Marylebone in London.
According to the court, the goalkeeper provided a sample having 80 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
This is higher than the official limit of 35 microgrammes in England and Wales.
“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,” the case prosecutor Fitch said while outlining the case.
“It veered a number of times towards parked vehicles, nearly clipping them, before correcting itself. It then went through a red light.”
On his part, the Defense Counsel, David Sonn said “On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet [after France’s World Cup triumph].
“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.”
He may also be handed a £300,000 by his club.