Eurovision bosses have confirmed that this year’s winner Damiano David – of the Italian band Måneskin – has undergone a voluntary drug test following this year’s live final, the results of which came back negative.
Since then, David voluntarily took a drug test to settle the matter, which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has now addressed in a statement.
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On Monday afternoon, an EBU spokesperson said: “Following allegations of drug use in the Green Room of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on Saturday 22 May, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as requested by the Italian delegation, has conducted a thorough review of the facts, including checking all available footage.
“A drug test was also voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU.
“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed.”
The EBU added that they were “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. We look forward to working with our Italian member Rai on producing a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year,” they concluded.
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Måneskin were interviewed during Monday’s edition of BBC Breakfast, and lamented that the false allegations of drug use had “overshadowed” their victory.
Asked by presenter Dan Walker what had actually happened, David said: “It was the moment where they were giving us 12 points and meanwhile [band member] Thomas broke a glass so while I was cheering I saw the glass broken and was like ‘my god, what happened?’”
The singer then added that he was “really offended” that some viewers thought he was leaning over to snort cocaine.
“I think these kind of things are outrageous,” he said. “We are young guys with a huge passion for the music and I think this is overshadowing our win.”