Pete Doherty and his Babyshambles bandmates will be defending their title at Samaritans' Celebrity Soccer Six tournament, it has been announced.

The band heads this year's lineup for the charity football event, which is being held at Millwall's the New Den on May 18th.

Doherty's participation was only able to be confirmed when he was released from prison last week after serving just 28 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching a probation order.

Last year's defeated finalists Razorlight also return and are set to face a host of musical challengers including McFly, Faithless, the Wombats and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Also donning their shorts and socks are Noel Fielding and Simon Webbe, as well as contestants from Big Brother, X Factor and The Apprentice.

Samaritans' Claire Duncan promised that Soccer Six would be a "fantastic day" for everyone involved.

"It allows Samaritans to raise awareness of the 24:7 emotional support that we offer and in light of the recent suicides in Bridgend in Wales it is vital that we reach out to young people out to young people at an earlier stage before problems seem much more difficult to manage," she explained.

"Samaritans is here to listen, not to judge or make assumptions but to give people the time and space to work through how they are feeling. If you need emotional support then get in touch."

All proceeds from ticket sales for this year's Soccer Six will go to Samaritans.

12/05/2008 12:32:16