Morrissey postpones European tour dates amid dispute over racism claims

Singer Morrissey performs in 2013 during the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway.

London (CNN)British singer-songwriter Morrissey has called off a series of planned July tour dates in Britain and elsewhere in Europe amid a dispute over claims of racism.

A statement from the ex-Smiths frontman's representatives announcing the move cited "logistical circumstances beyond our control."
Two of the gigs were to be held in Morrissey's home city, Manchester, where high-profile DJ Dave Haslam had organized an anti-racism protest event for July 8 to coincide with his visit.
    Haslam tweeted Friday that the free music event in a Manchester bar would go ahead as planned and that any Morrissey ticket-holders were welcome to attend.
    "I sympathise with fans who made plans to see him, we know what it's like to be let down by Morrissey," he posted. "If dates are rescheduled, we'll be happy once again to provide an alternative event in the city."
    In a comment on Morrissey's official Facebook page Thursday, manager Peter Katsis, of US music management company Deckstar, dismissed Haslam as "simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself."
    The row centers over controversial comments Morrissey, who no longer lives in the United Kingdom, reportedly made earlier this month in support of British far-right figures Tommy Robinson and Anne Marie Waters.
    The singer, who is vegan, also said