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Noel Gallagher quits Oasis

Noel Gallagher last night quit rock band Oasis blaming his brother for the walk out.

In a statement on the band's website the Britpop star said: "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight.

"People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.

"Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."

Earlier tonight it was announced they had cancelled their second gig in the space of a week because of "an altercation within the band".

They were expected to play the Rock en Seine festival in Paris but the crowd were told by Bloc Party, who were due to perform before Oasis, the Manchester band would not be taking the stage.

Many of the crowd thought it was a joke - until the big screens at either side of the main stage showed the message "as a result of an altercation within the band, the Oasis gig has been cancelled".

Scottish singer Amy Macdonald, who was playing in the festival tonight, wrote on her Twitter page shortly after 9pm, "Oasis cancelled again with one minute to stage time! Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight!"

She later updated the page saying "Noel's quit".

Ben Clover, 28, who travelled from south London for the festival said: "I was hoping to see the band on the top of their game - now I am not sure we will ever see them perform live again.

"There are a lot of British Oasis fans who have come over for this gig and they are very disappointed."

Last weekend the band pulled out of the V Festival in Chelmsford which they were meant to headline.

The band pulled the plug on their show at the annual music event because frontman Liam Gallagher was struck down with viral laryngitis.

Their non-appearance sparked rumours they were set to split.

Earlier this month Liam revealed his relationship with his brother is so bad they no longer speak, travel separately on tour and only see each other onstage.

Oasis fans tonight took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express their sadness at Noel's departure.

PsychedelicAdam posted: "Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis? Gutted, no more Oasis then I guess, they were one of my favourite bands."

Wolvolass said: "I feel sick, sooo many good memories and gigs seeing Oasis over the years."

As fans logged on to the band's official website to find out more information, others reported they were having trouble loading the site.

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