PREMIER League goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was found surrounded by vomit when he was pulled over for drink-driving, a court heard yesterday.
The Spurs captain had to be helped from his £65,000 Porsche Panamera by police who stopped him a month after he had led France to World Cup victory.
He admitted a charge of drink-driving and was fined £50,000 and banned from the road for 20 months.
The 31-year-old, who has made more than 200 league appearances for his club since signing in 2012, was stopped when officers saw his car being driven at 15mph in a 30mph zone in Gloucester Place, central London, in the early hours of August 24.
The Porsche ‘veered towards parked vehicles, nearly clipping them, before correcting itself’, said prosecutor Henry Fitch. Lloris, who was with an unnamed passenger, also drove through a red light, he said.
He was breathalysed and the result showed he had 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The limit is 35mg.
His defence counsel, David Sonn, told the court: ‘On July 15, he was arguably the proudest man on the planet having captained France to World Cup victory.
‘Just 40 days later, he was arrested and experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight. The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris.’
Westminister magistrates heard Lloris, of East Finchley, north London, had been ‘showered with drinks’ that night at a Mayfair restaurant where he had dined with friends.
By 2am, he was ‘completely drunk’, said Mr Sonn, who added that, when a taxi cancelled on him, he made the ‘unwise decision’ to drive home.
In sentencing Lloris, magistrate Amanda Barron told the footballer: ‘Not only were you putting your own life at risk but also that of your passenger. It was pure luck you did not cause damage to other vehicles or pedestrians.’