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Chelsea players to feature in The Simpsons

Chelsea players to feature in The Simpsons

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Premier League title chasers Chelsea have announced a new collaboration with the makers of The Simpsons.

Premier League title chasers Chelsea have announced a new collaboration with the makers of The Simpsons.

In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, the club will release a range of Chelsea-branded merchandise featuring Homer and Bart Simpson.

A soccer-themed episode of the classic cartoon series will also air in March, initially on Fox in the US. The episode, titled ‘You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee’, will feature ‘Homer and his recruitment as a soccer referee, after Lisa praises his integrity in a Springfield Elementary speech contest held on the youth soccer field.’

To launch the partnership, five Chelsea players – Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Fernando Torres – were ‘Simpson-ised’ in the yellow-flesh style of characters in the series.

“We are very pleased to announce such an exciting partnership,” Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay said in a statement. “The Simpsons is a hugely popular show and I hope Chelsea fans will enjoy seeing its main characters in our colours.”

Chelsea join a number of other top soccer sides working with The Simpsons, including FC Barcelona, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Corinthians, FC Porto, Juventus and Boca Juniors.

“2014 is the year of soccer with the Fifa World Cup, serving to connect fans from cities, towns and villages around the world to experience the biggest sporting event,” said Jeffrey Godsick, the president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

“This is the perfect opportunity to present a line of soccer merchandise, promotions and content that will leave an indelible imprint on ‘The Simpsons’ fans around the world.”