Hugo Lloris to be stripped of Tottenham's captaincy?
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Hugo Lloris to be stripped of Tottenham’s captaincy?

World Cup winning captain, Hugo Lloris could be stripped of the Tottenham captaincy after being charged for drink-driving in London on Friday.

The 31-year-old who also captained France at the World Cup in Russia, reportedly failed a roadside breathalyser test after being pulled over by police in the early hours of Friday morning.

The goalkeeper spent the evening with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud at the Bagatelle in Mayfair.

After his arrest, Lloris was taken to Charing Cross police station and spent around seven hours in custody before being charged and released on bail.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court next month.

Tottenham have a big game on Monday, as they face Manchester United, and Lloris’ antics, as well as missing training on Friday morning, have put them in a difficult position.

He must convince Mauricio Pochettino to keep him in the side for the game, as well as that he should keep the captains armband.

The French player released an apology following the incident, in which he said:

“I wish to apologise wholeheartedly to my family, the club, my team-mates, the manager and all of the supporters.”

“Drink-driving is completely unacceptable, I take full responsibility for my actions and it is not the example I wish to set.”

Lloris is an immensely popular figure in the Spurs changing room, but the decision on his captaincy and starting place will be down to Pochettino.

Kane, who captained England at the World Cup, could take the armband if it comes down to it.

Lloris has also been fined two weeks’ wages by the club, around £300,000 in total.

A spokesperson for Tottenham said: “The club takes matters such as this extremely seriously and it will be dealt with internally.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed: “Hugo Lloris has charged with drink-driving following a routine patrol stop in Gloucester Place. He has been bailed to return to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 11.”

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