‘I wish to apologise wholeheartedly. Drink driving is completely unacceptable’: Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris sorry after spending seven hours in police cell for failing breathalyser test at 2.30am in London after night out with France pals
- Hugo Lloris was pulled over in routine patrol stop in Gloucester place, London
- His fingerprints and DNA were taken before he was thrown in police cell
- Tottenham ace has been bailed to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court
- Picture emerged of Lloris celebrating with Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny
- He could be stripped of captaincy but is expected to travel for game on Monday
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ after being charged with drink driving after failing a breathalyser test at 2.30am in central London.
He was held in jail for seven hours in the early hours of Friday morning after a night of celebration with fellow France team-mates and World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny. The 31-year-old father of two was taken to Charing Cross police station where he was put in a cell after fingerprints and a DNA swab were taken.
The World Cup-winning captain admitted his behaviour was ‘completely unacceptable’ in a statement released later in the day.
Hugo Lloris (right) went out with his World Cup-winning France team-mates Laurent Koscielny (left) and Olivier Giroud (centre) on Thursday night in Bagatelle restaurant in Mayfair
Hugo Lloris has been charged with drink driving after being pulled over on Friday morning
Pizza Bagatelle: stone baked pizza with white truffle oil and mozzarella – £34
Grilled Iberico pork chop with saffron rice and padron peppers – £42
Sliders Rossini: Angus sliders with sauteed foie gras, green plum jam, toasted creem bun, Kirkhams cheddar and black truffle mayonnaise – £24
Seafood platter – £450
‘I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters,’ said Lloris. ‘Drink driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.’
Lloris and his French team-mates had enjoyed an evening of celebration at Bagatelle, a French and Mediterranean restaurant in Mayfair.
Giroud won the World Cup with Lloris this summer but Koscielny missed out due to injury.
The goalkeeper was pictured grinning in a group photo at the high end restaurant on Dover Street before he drove home under the influence.
Bagatelle opened in London this May and the house pizza costs an eye-watering £34, with the sea-food platter setting customers back £450.
Lloris was pulled over 1.5 miles into his journey home from the establishment and the Metropolitan Police said: ‘A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1.
Lloris ate dinner in Dover Street (bottom) and was pulled over at Gloucester Place (top)
‘Hugo Lloris, 31, of East Finchley, was charged with drink driving on Friday, 24 August.
‘He has been bailed to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 September.’
The Frenchman returned home on foot at 11.00am on Friday morning and refused to answer questions from reporters. He did not train with his team-mates on Friday.
News of his indiscretion will stun football fans as the goalkeeper is widely considered a quiet, dignified leader.
Spurs play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday night and the No 1 keeper is still expected to be included in the travelling squad.
The former Nice player has been at the club since 2012, making 254 appearances to date and is an integral member of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Frenchman is now a doubt to start Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United on Monday
Lloris, pictured here with his wife Marine, is a father of two and well respected player
Lloris, who signed a new £150,000-per-week deal at Tottenham this summer, starred in goal for France at year’s World Cup as Les Bleus lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in Russia.
He made a horrendous mistake in the final, gifting Mario Mandzukic a goal for Croatia but is widely considered among the best in the world in his position.
Lloris was selected in FIFA’s team of the tournament despite losing out on the Golden Glove award to Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois.
The family man is rarely seen in the limelight away from football and tends to keep himself to himself.
Lloris celebrated winning the World Cup with his daughters Anna-Rose (right) and Giuliana
He does not have a Twitter page and has only joined Instagram earlier this year.
Lloris has two daughters, Anna-Rose and Giuliana, with wife Marina who is the owner of a company that produces high-end clothing for children.
The family live close to North London’s exclusive Bishop’s Avenue, 4.6 miles away from where he was pulled over in Gloucester Place.
Given his stellar reputation, captaining both club and country, Lloris is a role model to millions and the drink driving charge seems particularly out of character.
Lloris has made 254 appearances for Tottenham but he could now be stripped of the captaincy
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