'Spectacular fall from grace': France skipper gets drink-driving ban

France's World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris has been banned from driving for 20 months and fined after pleading guilty to a charge of drink driving, British media reported on Wednesday.

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.

Facing the music: Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris arrives at Westminster magistrates court.

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Lloris, who won the World Cup with France in July, was fined 50,000 pounds ($65,130.00) at Westminster Magistrates' court.

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

The court heard that Lloris veered his car "towards parked vehicles" before correcting himself and went through a red light.

Long way to fall: Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy in July.

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David Sonn, defending, said the "spectacular fall from grace" was not lost on Lloris.

"On July 15 he was arguably the proudest man on the planet [having captained France to a World Cup triumph]," Sonn was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"Just 40 days later, he was arrested. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight."

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

Reuters

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