Referees are usually viewed as being hapless, mistake-prone individuals who more often than not make the wrong decisions.

It's quite fitting then that legendary cartoon figure Homer Simpson is set to become one for the FIFA World Cup 2014 - in a new Simpsons episode.

Those familiar with the hit T.V programme will know that Homer is a calamitous individual whose love for iced ring doughnuts is only surpassed by his incredible ability to find disaster wherever it may be lurking.

However broadcasters Fox have said that they will celebrate the World Cup by airing an episode where Homer will become a Fifa referee who ends up being bribed South American gangsters in order to fix matches.

"The episode follows Springfield’s most famous family as it journeys to Brazil, only to find Homer’s honesty put to the test by one of the slickest South American gangsters in the soccer match-bribing business," read a statement from the broadcasting giants.

The episode, which is set to be screened next year close to the tournament's kick-off, is likely to be shunned by Fifa, who are facing the backlash of a number of corruption allegations, but Fox hope it will benefit football in America.

The Simpsons has already seen Homer meet Cristiano Ronaldo in a one-off episode, but the unlucky father of Bart, Lisa and Maggie may not have a chance to be reunited with the Madrid star if Portugal fail to beat Sweden in next month's play-off fixtures.

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