Hugo Lloris, the 31-year-old French goalkeeper was stopped by a routine patrol in Gloucester Place in the early hours of Friday and charged with drink-driving after being stopped by police in west London. Lloris and his French team-mates had enjoyed an evening of celebration at Bagatelle, a French and Mediterranean restaurant in Mayfair. Metropolitan Police said, “A man has been charged following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place, W1.” He had failed a roadside ‘breathalyser test’ and was taken to Charing Cross Police Station thereafter, where he spent around seven hours in custody before being charged and released on bail. The Frenchman returned home on foot at 11.00am on Friday morning. He did not train with his team-mates that entire day.
Lloris has been at Tottenham Hotspur since joining from Lyon in 2012, making 256 appearances for the Premier League club. He is considered to be one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers and has won 104 caps for France, playing a key role in their success in the 2018 World Cup at Russia last month. Lloris is the Spurs captain and was chosen to wear the armband as one of the more senior figures in a relatively young team. He is regarded as a contemplative, experienced figure who takes his role as team captain seriously.
Lloris returned to Tottenham training only five days ahead of the new season following his World Cup exploits but has started both of his side’s games so far, against Fulham and Newcastle.
The arrest of Hugo Lloris for his drink-driving offense will force the gaffer to consider whether the Spurs goalkeeper should be dropped for the Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday (GMT). Mauricio Pochettino will need to assess what kind of message it sends out to the public if Lloris keeps his place in the team having spent seven hours in police custody, and if he does keep his place, whether he should be captain.
A Tottenham spokesman said that the club takes these matters “extremely seriously” and it will be dealt with internally.
“I wish to apologize 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.” The Metropolitan Police said Lloris had been released on bail and was due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 11 September.
Tottenham have started the Premier League season with a 2-1 win at Newcastle and a 3-1 home victory over Fulham. The upcoming fixture is expected to test the North Londoners who are being regarded by many to the favorites this season along with Manchester City and Liverpool.