Eurovision bosses say Italy winner will take drugs test after snorting accusations
Eurovision bosses say winners Maneskin - from Italy - will take a drugs test after accusations one of their members snorted drugs live on air.
A statement by the organisers said: "We are aware of the speculation surrounding the video clip of the Italian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Green Room last night.
"The band have strongly refuted the allegations of drug use and the singer in question will take a voluntary drug test after arriving home.
"This was requested by them last night but could not be immediately organized by the EBU.
"The band, their management and head of delegation have informed us that no drugs were present in the Green Room and explained that glass was broken at their table and it was being cleared by the singer.
"The EBU can confirm broken glass was found after an on-site check. We are still looking at footage carefully and will update with further information in due course."
The band released a statement last night denying any wrongdoing after people on social media shared their belief that one of the members had leaned over the table and snorted drugs live on air.
The band, made up of lead singer Damiano David, guitarist Victoria De Angelis, musician Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio, were seated together and alongside other contestants in the live final on Saturday.
Cameras were focused on the act from Malta when they suddenly cut to Maneskin, showing Damiano, 22, lowering his head behind a bucket of drunks, sparking the wild claims online.
One fan asked on Twitter : "Does Italy's singer realise this is being live broadcast across an entire continent?"
But he later spoke out to deny suggestions that he was using an illegal substance.
He said: “I don't use drugs.”
“Tomas broke a glass with his leg” – he continued, arguing he was helping clear up the wreckage.
He added: ”I don't use cocaine… please don't say that."
The group also shared a statement on Instagram, writing: "We are really shocked about what some people are saying about Damiano doing drugs.
"We really are AGAINST drugs and we never used cocaine. We are ready to get [tested], cause we have nothing to hide.
"We are here to play our music and we are so happy about our Eurovision win and we wanna thank everyone for supporting us. Rock'n Roll never dies. We love you."