The Irish fan who broke the World Cup coverage on French television has won an unexpected fan – the President of France.
A clip circulated on Twitter appeared to be presented by the French sports channel L’Équipe be. He was interrupted by a boy in an Irish football jersey who shouted “Je suis une baguette” – or “I am a wand” – during filming.
The man has since been identified as Limerick man Eddie O’Keefe and has been living in Dubai for several years.
Speaking to Ray Foley on Today FM on Wednesday, Eddie said he and four friends traveled to Doha to watch defending champions France beat Denmark 2-1 on Saturday night, and described the matter as ending coverage after the match.
“Five of us left Dubai for the France/Denmark game on Friday,” Eddy explained. “Of course we went out and saw an opportunity — the timing was perfect.”
The tweet containing the clip of Eddie has nearly 4 million views at the time of writing, thousands of retweets and likes — including French President Emmanuel Macron, whose video was his most recent on Twitter.
While Eddie seemed to have won many admirers with his excellent French, he did admit that there was one person he least admired – his mother.
“My mother is disgusted with me,” Eddie said. I’ve seen all the things on the internet. If it had been made by RTÉ News, it would be on top by now.
Some complimented Eddie for the Frenchie who followed the clip, with one person tweeting, “I really like that he’s having the right sex.” Three years later, I’m still a little hesitant,” while another tweeted, “I’m after two lessons on Duolingo.”
Others joked it was Ireland’s best World Cup performance since 2002, when we were knocked out in the last 16 on penalties by Spain, while George Hamilton – who is in Qatar covering matches for RTÉ – tweeted to ask for his identity.