Rovers Fanatic Daniel Fulham To Return Home After Being Detained By Bulgarians Over ‘Fake’ Passport

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Daniel Fulham (Facebook)

A huge follower of league champions Shamrock Rovers will, much to the relief of his mum and family make his belated return home to Dublin this evening.

Daniel Fulham was detained by Bulgarian border police. He’d been preparing his return from Rovers’ Champions League qualifier away to Ludogorets on Tuesday, when the validity of his passport was questioned.

Daniel’s mum Noeleen took to Facebook to urge help and assistance after the news of her son’s detention. She outlined what had happened and why. She said that Daniel is a massive Rovers fan and had just recently been to Malta for the club’s previous tie against Hibernians.

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She went on to explain that on their way home the supporters bus was stopped at the border between Romania and Bulgaria. There she said police took Daniel off the bus and arrested him saying he was carrying a ‘fake passport‘. She denied that was the case out of hand, as they argued that his ID photo wasn’t actually him.

She then added her gratitude for the help of local councillor of Charlie O Connor, Eoin Ryan from Sinn Fein and Gardai for contacting the embassy in Sofia, and then confirmed that the passport office in Dublin had even sent on papers confirming it is Daniel on his passport.

Earlier today Shamrock Rovers issued an official statement in regards to Daniel’s predicament:

Daniel Fulham is a long-standing club member and volunteer who has made many international journeys in his working and social life with the same passport as was presented to the border police.
It is understood that the authorities questioned the validity of the photograph in matching Daniel’s identity.
The Department of Foreign Affairs are liaising on the matter in which there is no doubt about the validity of the passport, and we hope to see the matter closed as quickly as possible for Daniel to return home.
Local Dublin South-West Labour party councillor Pamela Kearns expressed her relief after putting her shoulder to the wheel in the collective effort to help the stranded Daniel via Facebook:
Cllr Pamela Kearns – Daniel Fulham
Daniel’s thanked all those involved in getting him home. He’s tweeted he should be on a flight home tonight.