Samaritans back Doherty decision

Samaritans is to use controversial musician Pete Doherty to publicise a celebrity football competition this weekend.

Doherty: playing for charity
Doherty: playing for charity

The singer will appear at the Samaritans Celebrity Soccer Six tournament, as the charity attempts to promote its service to young people.

Samaritans defended its use of Doherty, despite him being the subject of recent negative media coverage.

Press officer Claire Duncan said: 'We are a non-judgemental organisation offering emotional support to anyone who may need it and, because of this, we wouldn't make a judgement about what Pete Doherty has been through.'

She added: 'Cup Promotions books the celebrities on the basis of what makes a good football team.'

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