Pochettino: 'Lloris was lucky to escape with criminal conviction and fine'

Pochettino confirms Lloris will remain Spurs captain after drink-drive sentence

World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will remain Tottenham Hotspur's captain when he returns from injury despite being convicted of drink driving, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.

Pochettino said he was glad that no one was injured by Lloris, who was stopped at 2.0am on a Friday driving his Porsche Panamera erratically, having earlier run a red light. He attended a hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

The court was told the Spurs goalkeeper provided a sample containing 80 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

He veered his auto "towards parked vehicles" before correcting himself and went through a red light, prosecutor Henry Fitch said. Then the police officer suspected of being drunk and he was right in the end.

The Porsche "veered towards parked vehicles, almost clipping them, before correcting itself", said prosecutor Henry Fitch. The player also vomited in the vehicle. "Forty days later, he was arrested in central London", said the lawer. He experienced the indignity of being handcuffed and put in a police station overnight. "On 15th of July, he was the proudest man of the planet", attorney David Sonn said in reference to the day Lloris and his France team lifted the World Cup trophy in Moscow.

Meanwhile, Lloris released a statement apologising to everyone for his misdeeds. When asked whether Lloris had offered to give up the club captaincy, Pochettino said: 'He apologised to everyone. A breathalyser test on the scene found Lloris to have been over twice the drink drive limit. "I made a mistake and now I need to pay".

"Of course, any woman, man, person can make a mistake".

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