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.
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: