Family fears Rangers fan will spend Christmas in a cell after Denmark arrest
A brother of Premier League star Stuart Dallas has been holed up in a cell in Copenhagen for more than a month accused of rioting.
Former Irish League footballer Marcus Dallas (31) was one of a number of Rangers fans arrested following trouble when the Scottish side played Brondby.
His family are understood to be worried he will spend Christmas on remand, away from his wife and daughter.
Sources said he was arrested on November 4.
The ex-Loughgall FC player and devoted Rangers fan travelled to Denmark to see his side draw 1-1. He is said to have been among four people arrested after the game.
A spokesman for Copenhagen police said: “Three people are still being held in custody or the purpose of prosecution.
“One person was released the day after the football match for personal reasons.
“The four men, aged 21, 22, 31, 34, are suspected of violence, three of them of violence against police officers and one for violence against a football fan from the opposite team.”
He added the suspects would likely appear in court this month.
Sunday Life attempted to contact Mr Dallas’s family last night, but was unable to reach them.
This newspaper understands Mr Dallas vehemently denies the charges or any accusation he would take part in or condone football hooliganism.
He has previously spoken about how he cherished watching his brother go from playing in Coagh, their home village, to making in big in the Premier League with Leeds United. “Growing up, we played football all the time at the back of the house. Even at a young age, you could see Stuart had great talent,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.
“He has had a fantastic career at club level and with Northern Ireland and we’re very proud.
“When I was 16 or 17, I drifted away from the game, whereas Stuart wanted to keep progressing. He is reaping the rewards.
“He is a good, down-to-earth lad who hasn’t forgotten where he comes from. When he comes back, he is with the boys we grew up with, having a beer.”
Uefa fined the Scottish side £4,478 following the Brondby match after fans at the ground were seen “lighting and throwing an object”.
But Rangers supporters hit back with accusations that Brondby fans were looking for trouble, had charged them inside the stadium and even breached the VIP area.
Brondby was fined a total of £36,681 for crowd disturbances, insufficient limitation of spectator movement, throwing of objects, blocking of public passageways, lighting of fireworks and illicit chants.
One Gers man described the behaviour of Danish police on the night as “disgraceful”.
“I’ve never been so scared. The police have been leathering everyone with truncheons,” he told the Daily Record.
“It’s disgraceful. Everything was good-natured in the build-up to the match.
“I don’t know what happened. The police appeared to just start hitting supporters.
“My face is burst but there’s guys with other head injuries. It’s an absolute disgrace. They weren’t holding back.”