*Snoop Dogg is inching closer to gaining entry into the UK in his long-running battle with British border authorities.

The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was originally banned from the country in 2007, forcing him and fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs to cancel the British dates of their European tour.

The ban was triggered by Snoop Dogg’s arrest at Heathrow airport in 2006 following a scuffle involving members of his entourage. In 2008 the ban was lifted but when the UK Border Agency challenged the decision, it went to an Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Earlier this week, the tribunal announced its decision that to deny him entry had been wrong.

“We are disappointed by the tribunal’s decision in this case,” a UK Border Agency spokesperson said today, according to Reuters. “We are studying the determination carefully and will take a decision whether to appeal.”

In 2007 he pleaded no contest to gun and drugs charges in the United States. The same year he was barred from entering Australia after failing a character test.