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West Ham appear on The Simpsons, series 24 episode 7 "The Earth Stood Cool"

Hammers hit the big time as first Premier League club to be immortalised on The Simpsons

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11:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

West Ham have had their fair share of 'D'oh' moments over the years. But now they are the first ever Premier League club to be immortalised in the award-winning cartoon, The Simpsons.

Despite last weekend's defeat by Liverpool, the newly-promoted Hammers have made a promising start to the season.

And it seems that the efforts of Sam Allardyce's side have not gone unnoticed across the pond after the club were given a surprise mention on the legendary comedy show.

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

In the seventh episode of the current – and 24th – series, titled 'The Day The Earth Stood Cool', Bart and Lisa are amazed to discover a 'West Ham United' banner as they enter the Bohemian bedroom of new neighbour, T-Rex.

While the famous Castle crest is included, the east London outfit's traditional claret and blue colours are replaced with green and gold.

The Barclays Premier League club were thrilled by the appearance and tweeted: 'West Ham United were delighted to be featured in The Simpsons episode “The Day The Earth Stood Cool”!'

One stunned Hammers supporter, VeniceHammer, wrote on the Knees Up Mother Brown forum: 'At first I was a bit outraged since they got the colours so completely wrong, but then I guessed it was at least cool to be named in such a well-known TV show.

'Maybe it's all part of the plan for a re-branding after moving to the Olympic Stadium!'

Although there are no posters of the likes of Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan in T-Rex's room, West Ham can consider themselves among an elite list of celebrity guest stars on the show.

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Tony Blair, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsey and Sting are some of the notable British A-listers to have appeared in Springfield, along with other sporting greats including the Williams sisters, LeBron James and Oscar De La Hoya.

Cristiano Ronaldo('oh) featured in a skit during the 'Marge Gamer' episode alongside Homer Simpson, two years ago before the 2010 World Cup.

The Portugal and Real Madrid superstar delivers his trademark wink to the camera after nut-megging Homer on his Springfield doorstep.

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

The Spain World Cup winning-side were also immortalised by creator Matt Groening last year.

Cesc Fabregas tweeted a picture of his team-mates and wrote: 'How handsome [Carles] Puyol looks in this caricature of the Simpsons… ooooooohhhhhhhhh! Moooc moooc!'

VIDEO: Cristano Ronal-d'oh!

Chelsea Mark Clattenburg fiasco: Ron Gourlay should resign – Jonathan McEvoy

The enemies of football are now pariahs of the Premier League… Gourlay should pay with his job for this

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23:45 GMT, 22 November 2012

For a cabal that has found it easy to spread so much insinuation and so many insults about so many innocent parties, Chelsea cannot bring themselves to utter the one appropriate word.

Sorry was not to be heard in the wind howling down Fulham Road last night. It was as predictable an omission as it was sad.

The FA had found the club’s accusation that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’ did not stand up to scrutiny. All logic and instinct had told us that the minute the claim was made on October 28 following Chelsea’s acrimonious defeat by Manchester United.

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded - but they won't say sorry

No evidence: Chelsea's claims about Mark Clattenburg have proved to be unfounded – but they won't say sorry

Sky TV had failed with all 20 of their cameras to pick up the racial slur. The other officials cleared Clattenburg of wrongdoing. Chelsea had a record of intimidation and arrogance.

What is more, Clattenburg speaks with a Geordie accent. Anyone who has spent time in a Newcastle pub will tell you how those tones can be faintly indecipherable to English ears let alone to a Brazilian, namely Ramires, who thought he heard the insult despite the backdrop of a noisy stadium. Ramires’ recollections were translated for the rest of the team by David Luiz, another Brazilian. Mikel, the supposed victim who has good English, did not hear the word monkey spoken.

Despite all this — and after the shameful saga of John Terry, Chelsea’s totem, calling Anton Ferdinand a black **** — the club were going public within hours about Clattenburg’s supposed crime. They also claimed Juan Mata was called a ‘Spanish t***’, an accusation later withdrawn.

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Nasty episode: The John Terry race row with Anton Ferdinand brought shame onto the club

Why did they not keep quiet while they considered if a complaint was worthwhile That is a question for Ron Gourlay, the chief executive. A second question for him is: will you resign after this fiasco
Harsh Hardly. This is a club drunk on its own oxygen and wealth.

Take Rafa Benitez’s unveiling as the ninth manager of Roman Abramovich’s nine-year reign. He is the latest pawn in a billionaire’s game where normal employment rights — like reward for success — do not count because he can afford to override them.

No wonder the men on the pitch and in the boardroom adopt such high-handedness when the boss sets such a rebarbative example.

The litany of modern Chelsea’s bullying of referees is without parallel in British football.

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

Remember him Referee Anders Frisk (second left) was forced into retirement by death threats

The crime sheet goes back as far as February 2005, when the then manager Jose Mourinho accused Anders Frisk of collusion with Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard during Chelsea’s defeat at the Nou Camp that saw Didier Drogba sent off. Chelsea were charged with inappropriate conduct and Mourinho was banned from the touchline. Frisk retired after receiving death threats.

Mourinho was cast as an ‘enemy of football’ by UEFA referees’ committee chairman Volker Roth.
Since then the wrath has been incited not just on the continent but also closer to home. Chelsea have gone from the enemies of European football to the pariahs of the Premier League.

In November 2006, Graham Poll sent off Terry as Chelsea lost to Tottenham for the first time in 16 years. Terry accused the referee of changing his explanation over why he had shown the red card.
The delightful Ashley Cole chimed in, saying Poll had warned Chelsea players he wanted to ‘teach us a lesson’. A fortnight later, Chelsea withdrew the accusation and Terry was fined 10,000.

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Who could forget this Ref Tom Henning Ovrebo was subjected to vile treatment from Chelsea fans

Fast forward to May 2009, when Norwegian Tom Henning Ovrebo turned down four Chelsea penalty appeals. Admittedly, it was a shocking refereeing performance but not as wayward as the reaction of Drogba and Jose Bosingwa, who both turned on Ovrebo at the final whistle. Drogba screamed ‘It’s a f***ing disgrace’ into a television camera. Ovrebo was still being subjected to vile emails from Chelsea fans as late as this spring.

Last October after that infamous game against QPR, Chelsea were fined 20,000 for failing to control their players. Drogba and Bosingwa were dismissed in the first half. Manager Andre Villas-Boas called it a ‘very poor display’ — by the referee, that is, not his players.

The unfortunate referee then was Chris Foy. /11/22/article-2237127-0608100D0000044D-767_634x456.jpg” width=”634″ height=”456″ alt=”Sound familiar Chelsea retracted claims about comments by Graham Poll back in 2006″ class=”blkBorder” />

Sound familiar Chelsea retracted claims about comments by Graham Poll back in 2006

So back to Chelsea’s weasel words in response to the FA findings. They said: ‘Chelsea FC has a duty of care, as do all employers, to act responsibly when such allegations are reported by employees.’

It smacked of the usual one-eyed, self-serving nonsense that fails to acknowledge a wider obligation to football itself or the lightly trampled reputation of a blameless referee.

We are Chelsea. We snarl and we smear. Who says we should say sorry

Joey Barton the bully has run out of time

Enough is enough! Why time has now run out for Barton the bully after Etihad assault

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22:18 GMT, 13 May 2012

The only real surprise is that anybody should really be surprised. Joey Barton’s career – such as it has been – has been characterised by violence. How appropriate that his thuggish, uncontrollable temper should come to the surface again at the club where it all started.

People have made excuses for Barton for too long. From those at the Sporting Chance Clinic who have helped him so much, to those on Twitter who seem so happy to fall at his feet just because he deigns to reply to them.

Yes, you know who you are.

Flashpoint: Barton is pulled off the pitch after clashing with City players

Flashpoint: Barton is pulled off the pitch after clashing with City players

For those of us who have witnessed
Barton’s career from its inception under Kevin Keegan 10 years ago,
nothing that he does on or off the field ever comes as a shock. He can
cloak himself all he likes in quotes lifted from dictionaries and lyrics
borrowed from The Smiths. Ultimately, he remains a deeply violent man.

The first sign of his latest shameful episode came on Sunday when Carlos
Tevez was spotted lying prone on the QPR 18-yard-line after 53 minutes.
The linesman had seen a sly Barton elbow to the Argentine’s chin.

Referee Mike Dean’s red card was swift but Barton never goes quietly,
does he There was still time to knee Sergio Aguero from behind, then
come into conflict with Mario Balotelli and Vincent Kompany as he
reluctantly walked off the field. Only the shepherding arm of former
team-mate Micah Richards stopped further confrontation.

Ultimately, this didn’t cost QPR. It harmed Manchester United more as it
afforded City the added time they needed to turn this incredible
afternoon on its head.

Seeing red: Barton is handed his marching orders after Tevez was floored

Seeing red: Barton is handed his marching orders after Tevez was floored

Seeing red: Barton is handed his marching orders after Tevez was floored

But that is not the point. This is a team sport and Barton has never
understood this. In his mind the spotlight shines only on him and one
would imagine it will shine brightly when Mark Hughes kicks him out of
the club this summer.

The QPR manager said on Sunday: ‘We lost Joey to a sending-off and it
shouldn’t have happened. That was the only negative. I haven’t spoken to
him. In fact, I haven’t seen the incident again.

‘But I have heard what happened and it was a sending-off. Forgive me if I
don’t get into it any more but I don’t want to detract from what we
have achieved here today.’

Hughes was a combative sort when he played. He knew how it felt to be in
a battle. But true warriors fight nobly and largely within the rules.
They don’t resort to cheap shots and elbows on the blind side.

Barton, in short, is a bully. He attacked a club-mate – Jamie Tandy –
with a lit cigar at a City Christmas party. He set upon another –
Ousmane Dabo – when the Frenchman’s back was turned at the training
ground. They are still picking up bits of Dabo’s teeth.

If it wasn’t so pathetic, it would be funny. If so many hadn’t fallen
for his faux intellect since he took to Twitter to reinvent himself a
year or so ago maybe he would be just that little bit easier to stomach.

High praise: Hughes congratulated Mancini on landing the title

High praise: Hughes congratulated Mancini on landing the title

One would imagine Barton will not again be invited to sit in on an
editorial conference at The Guardian. Yes, that really happened. It’s
also difficult to imagine him being invited back on to Newsnight by the
BBC. Yes, that really happened too.

There will be those who stand by him, of course. Even the most obvious
fraud will manage to hoodwink a few. But looking at Barton’s face as he
felled Aguero on Sunday, you could see how his mind really works.

Contorted by a sneer, it was reminiscent of his look when he poleaxed
Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen with a punch to the chest while
playing for Newcastle last season.

Back then his manager Chris Hughton said people were only making a fuss
of the incident ‘because it’s Joey’. But that’s the point. It is always
Joey. It always has been and it always will. A talented footballer –
more talented than some recognise – has allowed his gifts to be obscured
by lunacy and there is no reason to suggest he will change.

On Sunday night Barton took to Twitter to apologise, feign indifference
and then attempt to justify his actions. All at the same time. There was
an expletive thrown in just for good measure. More pertinent, though,
was this offering from earlier this year. ‘Why do people always want to
solve any conflict with a fight’ he tweeted. ‘As a pacifist I find it
incredible.’

Keep talking Joey. Just don’t be surprised if the world stops listening.