LONDON, NNC - World Cup champion goalkeeper Hugo Lloris will remain captain of Tottenham Hotspur when he recovers from injury despite being found guilty of drunk driving, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Thursday.
"He was the first to regret everything that happened," Pochettino told reporters at the club's training ground ahead of the home match with Liverpool on Saturday.
"Of course he doesn't feel great. He says he is guilty of this situation and is responsible. He made mistakes and suffered, and has punished himself.”
"This is a big lesson for everyone. He told me 'Boss, this is a big lesson for me, I made a mistake and needed to pay for it' and now he accepts (it) as a man," he said. Pochettino confirmed the 31-year-old French goalkeeper, who was banned for 20 months and fined 50,000 pounds (65,545 US dollars), would remain as club captain.
Lloris was caught drunk when his car was stopped by police in central London last month.
The Premier League club said whatever disciplinary action they might take would remain an internal problem.
He is currently recovering from a thigh injury suffered during his team's victory at Manchester United, reported Antara.