Lloris to remain Spurs captain

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

Hugo Lloris to remain as Tottenham Hotspur captain, says Mauricio Pochettino

The World Cup-winning goalkeeper has been ruled out with a thigh injury, which he sustained against Manchester United in August.

Pochettino has expressed his relief that there were no serious consequences of Lloris's drink-driving offence for anyone else who encountered the Tottenham captain more than twice over the legal alcohol limit in London last month.

Prosecutor Henry Fitch said police found Lloris in an unmarked auto driving at 15kmh in a 30kmh zone.

Mauricio Pochettino says Hugo Lloris will retain the club captaincy at Tottenham but warned the French World Cup victor he had been lucky to escape his drink-driving escapades with only a criminal conviction and a hefty fine.

Asked whether Lloris, who was found to be twice the legal limit and had a passenger in the auto, would remain captain, Pochettino said: "Of course".

"Forty days later, he was arrested in central London", he added.

"The spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr Lloris", he said.

He had issued an apology before Wednesday's court appearance, saying in a statement: "I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters. I made a mistake and now I need to pay".

Lloris reportedly had to spend seven hours in the jail that night before he was released out on bail. The most important is that everyone can make a mistake and he is suffering a punishment and also a feeling that society translates to him. "He knows only too well that it shouldn't happen, but it happened and it's not going to change what I think about him and the Hugo Lloris that I've always known", said Deschamps. A team spokesman said before the sentencing that Tottenham were treating the entire matter "extremely seriously".

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