Lloris handed driving ban, fined after pleading guilty in court

AFP | Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli are set for a spell on the sidelines

AFP | Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli are set for a spell on the sidelines

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 yesterday. Lloris has made 256 appearances with Tottenham since joining from the French club Lyon in 2012.

Hugo Lloris reportedly faces losing the Tottenham captaincy after full details of his drink-drive arrest were made public. Police discovered vomit in the vehicle and Lloris had to be helped out.

His lawyer said Lloris knew he should not have been driving and had called a cab after a night out. "He made a first mistake - he chose to drive".

Pochettino said: "We are always confident we can beat any team". "And of course now it is a massive lesson..." Drink driving is completely unacceptable.

"Only we need to try, that he understands, and how he understands that it was a mistake". But of course we're not God, that we can judge people. We can all make mistakes.

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

Mauricio Pochettino Backs Hugo Lloris Following Drink Driving Admission
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris hasn't ruled out a return to action against Liverpool FC in the Premier League on Saturday. The staff, the club, the fans, us, and he said "Any decision that you take gaffer, or the club, I think is fair".

For Pochettino, Lloris's situation is an example of the many distractions that take managers' and players' attentions away from preparing for matches. "Like a man you need to recognise your mistake".

'I am learning a lot!' Pochettino joked.

Meanwhile, Spurs duo of Sissoko and Foyth is expected to return to training next week after a hamstring and thigh respectively.

"I'm not disappointed with him", he said.

"I am disappointed because we are going to miss him for this game and maybe the Champions League game against Inter Milan [on September 18]".

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