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Oasis Roughed Up in Germany

Liam Gallagher loses two teeth in brawl, may face charges

December 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Volatile British rockers Oasis canceled two German tour dates, one in Munich yesterday and one scheduled for Hamburg today, after a fight in a Munich nightclub early Sunday morning ended with singer Liam Gallagher and drummer Alan White in police custody.

Authorities say Gallagher, who lost two teeth in the melee, may have kicked an officer in the chest, and as a result could face assault charges. He and White were released from custody yesterday after questioning.

Witnesses told Munich police that the incident started after members of the band and its entourage, who were drunk, started pushing each other, one falling onto a table where other club-goers were seated. Liam's brother Noel is not believed to have been involved in the fight.

The band's Web site tells a different story, claiming Oasis "were the victims of an unprovoked attack by a group of youths." There is no word when the band will resume its European tour in support of this year's Heathen Chemistry, next scheduled for Dusseldorf December 4th.

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