Builders merchants Jewson have announced that they are prepared to host the 2018 World Cup in their lumber yards should Russia be stripped of hosting rights.

The British firm, approaching 180 years in business, has said that they have a number of venues throughout the country that could be put to use if FIFA is forced to play the tournament elsewhere.

A spokesman for Jewson said: ‘Everyone is aware of the crisis currently engulfing FIFA. We are here today to say to them: we are ready. Just give us a few months notice so we can clear out some yards’.

The Swiss attorney generalMichael Lauber is to reveal on Wednesday (June 17) his findings into the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar. However, with both Wickes and Tesco expected to also offer space, the chances of Jewson being awarded the world’s largest sporting competition should either country lose out is far from a foregone conclusion.