updated 03/27/2007 AT 9:20 AM ET
•originally published 03/27/2007 AT 9:25 AM ET
A “devastated” Diddy and Snoop Dogg are “incredibly disappointed” at a British ban on Snoop and have decided to cancel instead of rescheduling their tour of the country.
The pair were due to perform March 27 at London’s Wembley Arena, but the plan was thrown “into chaos,” Snoop’s reps said Saturday, after Snoop was denied a visa into Britain.
“Despite desperate attempts to have the One Love Peace Tour UK shows go ahead as planned and hoping the government would reconsider Snoop’s visa in light of assurances made, the tour has been cancelled,” a tour spokesperson told PEOPLE Tuesday.
Snoop, 35, and Diddy, 37, are currently on a European tour and had been expected to play five dates in Britain, kicking off with the Wembley Arena show. Tour organizers had previously said the concerts would go ahead without Snoop, the Associated Press reports.
The rappers will instead head straight to Ireland for two shows there. Diddy cooled his heels Monday night by dining out in London with David and Victoria Beckham.
By law, the British Home Office can bar foreign citizens from entering the country if there are concerns about their presence.
In April 2006, Snoop (real name: Calvin Broadus) and several members of his entourage were arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport after a brawl in which seven police officers were injured.
He was later arrested stateside at airports in September (at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., for allegedly trying to board a plane with a collapsible police baton) and in October (at Burbank, Calif.’s Bob Hope Airport, on suspicion of possessing marijuana and a handgun).
Diddy and Snoop had made assurances and offered to meet with the British Home Office minister responsible for granting visas, but authorities refused to budge. “He is not beyond the law. He has a history of criminal actions,” a government source tells PEOPLE. “If he turns up at an entry point into Britain he will be refused a visa. It’s that simple.”
Snoop even went as far as pleading on MTV to be allowed entry. “I think if people could hear me saying this they’d see I’m about peace, love and harmony,” he said.
He apologized for his past antics and insisted he is a new man. “I can’t control my drugs and gang-banging past,” he said. “People can see that I now have a diferent identity and that I’ve changed my lifestyle around completely. We let the Beatles in the U.S.A., so please let me in here.”
“P. Diddy and Snoop were incredibly disappointed and devastated by the news,” says the tour rep. “They really did not want to let fans down this way as the UK was a planned highlight of the tour. However, this ultimately was a situation out of their control.”