With memories of the World Cup in South Africa 2010 fresh in his mind, Hackney Park-Keeper Alan Pike has begun collecting dog shit "Just in case 2018 is re-located".
The 73 year old is convinced that Hackney could be ready to host the tournament if evidence of corruption leads to Russia losing the event.
"The pitches will be re-marked, completely free of needles and dog-shit…the main changing room was re-tiled last year and the shower has now been fixed in the refs room. The transport infrastructure is now all there, with the number 73 coming past my house, through Dalston and up past the Stoke Newington lido. As far as I'm concerned we are good to go if Blatter has the courage to give us the tournament"