YORKSHIRE supermarket chain Asda is allowing staff to take unpaid leave during the World Cup.
The group's 150,000 employees - including those at the store in Brackenhall - may take one or two weeks off in the month starting June 9.
It will allow football fans to watch matches on TV or even travel to Germany, the chain said.
Requests will be handled on a first come, first served basis, depending on the needs of each store and department.
Staff still working during the World Cup tournament may ask for shift swaps, extended breaks and occasional days off to watch matches.
Failing that, they may still catch glimpses of the action on television sets for sale in shops.
Asda's people director, David Smith, said: "With World Cup fever just around the corner we wanted to give our colleagues the chance to go on a German jolly and enjoy what we all hope will be a tournament to remember."