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British authorities have denied Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, a visa for a series of planned concerts. The first show was scheduled for March 28 at Wembley Stadium.
updated 3/27/2007 11:40:26 AM ET 2007-03-27T15:40:26

Snoop Dogg and Sean "Diddy" Combs were forced to scrap a tour of Britain after authorities denied Dogg a visa, according to a statement Tuesday.

The duo, currently on a European tour, had been expected to play five dates in Britain.

"With late notice of Snoop being denied a visa, time has ran out and it is too late reconfigure the show," the statement said.

Tour organizers had said the concerts, starting with one at London's Wembley Arena on Wednesday, would go ahead without Dogg.

British Home Office rules state that foreign citizens can be barred from entering the country if there were concerns about their presence.

In April 2006, Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, and five other men were arrested on charges of violent disorder and starting a brawl, and spent the night in jail after trouble flared when some in the rapper's party were denied entry to British Airways' first-class lounge at Heathrow Airport.

Seven officers received minor injuries — mainly cuts and bruises — and one suffered a fracture to the hand.

Dogg, 35, was previously barred from entering Britain in May 2006.

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