MAURICIO POCHETTINO insists he is not going to ‘judge’ Hugo Lloris over his drink-driving conviction and will keep his goalkeeper as Tottenham’s captain.
The France star (pictured), who currently has a thigh injury, was fined £50,000 and banned from driving for 20 months for the offence which occurred last month.
Pochettino supported his goalkeeper in the wake of his arrest, handing him the armband for the game at Manchester United, and has done so again, even though the full details of Lloris’ crime were laid bare in court this week.
Asked whether Lloris, who was found to be twice the legal limit and had a passenger in the car, would remain captain, Pochettino said: ‘Of course.’
He added: ‘Of course he’s the first that regrets everything and all that happened yesterday is not good. Of course he doesn’t feel great. He said he was guilty of this situation and it’s irresponsible. But I think the most important thing is everyone can make a mistake. He made a mistake and he’s suffering all the punishment of society. He’s punishing himself.
‘But of course we’re not God, that we can judge people. Only we need to try, that he understands, and how he understands that it was a mistake.
‘He’s the first, he told me, “Gaffer, it’s a massive lesson for me. I made a mistake and now I need to pay”.
‘Like a man that he is, he’s going to pay and accept everything.’
Lloris picked up his thigh problem in the 3-0 win at Old Trafford and Pochettino revealed he will be out for several weeks, starting with Liverpool’s visit to Wembley tomorrow.
■ LIVERPOOL forwards Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah stretch with exercise bands during training as the early Premier League leaders continue their preparations for tomorrow’s lunchtime showdown at Tottenham.