Pete Doherty and his charity football team were unable to retain their Samaritans Celebrity Soccer Six at a tournament in south London yesterday.

The troubled musician's side had claimed the Soccer Six title last year but were defeated 3-1 in this year's final by a team composed of members of the dance band Faithless.

However, despite losing out in the final, the former Libertine - who was recently released from prison after being punished for failing to meet the terms of his probation order - reiterated his support for the charity.

"Samaritans provide a service called 'the listeners' where they train inmates so if you're struggling any time during the night you've got someone you can spill your heart out to," he said.

Claire Duncan, a Samaritans spokesperson, explained that the football tournament allowed the charity to raise awareness of the support available to troubled people across the UK.

"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 added.

"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."

Other celebrity teams included members of the Wombats and the Twang, former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jade Goody, Dave Gorman, and contestants from Big Brother, X Factor, The Apprentice and Shipwrecked.

19/05/2008 14:59:11