A British court has overruled the government's decision to deny Snoop Dogg a visa after he was involved in an airport lounge brawl in 2006.

The Guardian newspaper says a panel of immigration judges has rejected an attempt by Britain's Home Office to keep the 36-year-old U.S. rapper out of the country.

A lower court ruled in January that Snoop hadn't started or been responsible for any public disorder.

Police arrested Snoop and five members of his entourage after a brawl at British Airways' VIP lounge at London's Heathrow airport. The rapper, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, was given a warning.

The judges say Snoop cooperated with police and didn't retaliate when pushed.

The government has a week to appeal.

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