Ryan Tubridy slams Dan Brown for depicting Irish soccer fans as hooligans in fictional book
Ryan Tubridy has questioned author Dan Brown's decision to portray two Irish soccer fans as hooligans in a chapter of his new book, The Origin.
In the second chapter of the fictional book, two Irish soccer fans enter a pub and start to act like 'thugs', and speaking on RTE Radio this morning, Tubridy vented his fury.
"This soldier lad in a uniform goes into a bar in, I think it's Lisbon in Portugal, and he orders a tonic water because he was off the sauce. He had a problem with the drink at one stage," said Tubridy.
"The door opens and these two hooligans, who are then called 'thugs', come in with their Irish soccer jerseys and they are drunk and they order pints and they start slagging your man for his uniform, slagging him for his medals, poking him and starting a row and looking at the women behind the bar, essentially start being aggressive and unpleasant, drunk and acting the hooligans.
"I was reading it and as someone who adores my country, I found myself getting quite angry because I know this book is being sold by the bucket load around the country and around the world, more importantly.
"And here he is, of all the people for him to pick on, the Irish soccer fan, the most admired and appreciated of all the fans around the world.
"If you want a yob or a hooligan you can go to England, you could probably go to Turkey, Germany. You could go where you want but don't go to Ireland, Dan. And don't pick our guys for going into the pub, which was called the Molly Malone Pub."
While Tubridy acknowledges the book is fictional, he says Brown has misrepresented Ireland soccer fans.
"I don't know Dan Brown, I have never met Dan Brown, I have never interviewed Dan Brown but Dan Brown…I would like to ask Dan Brown why, of all the soccer fans in all the world, did he alight on our guys.
"I think it's irritating, it's annoying, it's unacceptable. I may be going over the top here, but at the same time he has really misrepresented Ireland, the Irish soccer team and particularly the Irish soccer fans.
"Hopefully people see it for the fiction that it is. Will I finish the book? Yes of course I will. I am not going to take that much offence over it.
"But I would have enough offence to say that whoever is looking after Dan Brown's interest in Ireland, I would love them to get in touch with Dan Brown and ask, 'what do you say to this?'."