Homer becomes referee in ‘The Simpsons’ World Cup episode

The long-anticipated Simpsons episode revolving around the 2014 World Cup finally aired this week, and it didn’t disappoint.

After Homer Simpson referees one of Lisa’s soccer games and aptly punishes her for diving, our favorite yellow, beer-bellied hero immediately gets called up to officiate the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

There, his resolve is tested by the theatrics of a player dubbed “El Divo,” who has a penchant for — you guessed it — diving, and bribing officials.

As you can see in the video above, though, Homer is not intimidated, showing the kind of toughness that would make referee legend Pierluigi Collina proud.

Among the games Homer officiates are both the opening match, played between hosts Brazil and — wait for it — Luxembourg (!), as well as the final, Brazil vs Germany. Ahead of the final, Homer again must resist the urge of taking bribes, this time to ensure that Brazil will win. Homer heroically declines, and as a result Germany come out 2-0 winners.

His performances clearly impressed legendary Spanish commentator Andrés Cantor:


The Simpsons show wrong West Ham United colors

Photo provided by Twentieth Century FOX.

Call it a D’oh moment.

The Hammers became the first Premier League club to appear on the popular American animated series. Yet, there was one small problem - the club’s colors were off. Way off.  

In the episode titled “‘The Day The Earth Stood Cool,” West Ham’s flag is colored green and not the club’s traditional claret and blue.


Despite the oversight, the Premier League club didn’t seem bothered by the error. “West Ham United were delighted to be featured in The Simpsons episode ‘The Day The Earth Stood Cool’ on Sunday!” the club said in the statement.

The Simpsons have broadcasted over 500 episodes in its 24 year run. 

Read West Ham’s official release here.