Richard Ashcroft slams accusations of drug use after object falls out of pocket on Soccer AM

Emma Powell
Hitting back: Singer Richard Ashcroft: Gareth Cattermole/Getty

Richard Ashcroft was forced to defend himself against claims he was carrying drugs in his pocket during an appearance on Soccer AM, saying he hasn’t had a “relationship” with cocaine “for decades”.

The Verve frontman, 47, came under fire after debris fell from his pocket while guest appearing on the Saturday morning football show.

Viewers shared the moment online with many claiming he picked up a packet of drugs.

Ashcroft was quick to shut down all speculation, telling “trolls” to not “libel my name”.

Speaking on Instagram he said: “Just a quick message to a couple of you trolls on Twitter who are making a name for yourselves out of me – and also people moralising and virtue signalling.

“Number one: Cocaine and I have had no relationship for decades. Number two: Don’t you ever surmise what has fallen out of my pocket. And, don’t bring my children into it.”

He continued: “You’re on thin ice. Don’t libel my name. My dad didn’t like litter and I don’t really like litter. But it gets a bit preposterous in my pocket. In The Verve I was known as Colombo, so get your facts right. You’re on thin ice. Peace.”

Ashcroft later joked that he should have filmed himself picking up litter for his latest music video as footage from Soccer AM amassed over half a million views.

“Ha 635k thousand people watched some paper fall out of my trousers ha,” he tweeted. “Should have done this for my video.”

Ashcroft was on the show to discuss Anthony Joshua’s first world heavyweight title fight against Alexander Povetkin.