Damiano David: Eurovision winner cleared of drug use by broadcaster

The lead singer of the Italian band which won the Eurovision Song Contest has been cleared of drug use.

It follows an investigation and negative drug test, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) says.

Damiano David denied taking cocaine following online speculation after footage showed him leaning over a table during the grand final on Saturday.

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement.

Måneskin, who had been favourites to win the contest, took the top prize with their song Zitti e buoni.

Viewers watching the contest during a live broadcast started asking questions as to what the singer was doing when he appeared to bend his face towards a table as the band celebrated their victory.

At a press conference, David said he had been looking down because guitarist Thomas Raggi had broken a glass.

“I don’t use drugs. Please, guys. Don’t say that really, no cocaine,” he said on Saturday.

The EBU said it was “alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band”.

“We wish to congratulate Måneskin once again and wish them huge success,” it added. “We look forward to working with our Italian member Rai on producing a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year.”

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