This year's Confederations Cup may not be shown in Russia, even though the home team will be among those competing ©Getty Images

FIFA have been accused of putting an "unreasonable" price tag on television rights in Russia for this year's Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup, nearly four times more than they demanded for the previous tournaments. 

Telesport President Peter Makarenko told insidethegames that Russian channels had paid $32 million (£25 million/€30 million) for the 2014 World Cup and the Confederations Cup in Brazil the previous year.

FIFA have raised the price for the 2017 and 2018 competitions to around $120 million (£93.5 million/€113 million), Makarenko claimed. 

State-controlled broadcasters Channel One Russia and Match TV are launching a joint bid for the rights for the two tournaments.

But the head of Telesport has cast doubt on whether a deal can be agreed. 

The Moscow-based company, who claim to be the largest sports marketing agency in Russia, provided market analysis for the Russian channels for the FIFA negotiations.

Makarenko blamed FIFA for the current stall in negotiations.

He warned there was a chance the Confederations Cup, an event traditionally used as a warm-up for the following year's World Cup featuring the home nation and due to take place this year from June 17 to July 2, may not be broadcast on Russian television.

Host countries tend to pay more for television rights for the two events, normally sold as a package, than when they are not staging the tournament, however.

Makarenko revealed the relevant parties were meeting "once or twice per month" but a solution in the near future appeared unlikely.

"The negotiations now are without any result because of the difference between the bid from the channels and FIFA’s expectations," he told insidethegames.

"There is no space for discussion.

"If you say 36 million for example and I say 39 million, we could have a meeting, we could discuss and find a solution.

"But if you told me 10 and I told you 100, there is no space for negotiations, that is why nobody knows what we will have at the end of the day.

"Will FIFA come to the normal economic offer or will they stay asking for what they are asking for?

"Such kind of position from FIFA is a big surprise."

The deadlocked negotiations between FIFA and Russian broadcasters means matches at the Confederations Cup may not be shown on television in the host country ©Getty Images
The deadlocked negotiations between FIFA and Russian broadcasters means matches at the Confederations Cup may not be shown on television in the host country ©Getty Images

Asked whether a deal could still be reached, Makarenko added: "Nobody knows, because everything, 100 per cent, depends on FIFA’s position because the channels are ready for some losses.

"But they only want reasonable losses so they won’t make their offer much bigger.

"Their offer could be five, maybe 10 per cent more, but there is no chance to make it bigger.

"There is a chance there will be no broadcasting of the Confederations Cup because we have more than one year until the World Cup and we have still some time for negotiations."

Makarenko claimed FIFA's substantial losses for the 2016 financial year could be a potential reason for the sudden rise in costs for rights.

Earlier this month, FIFA announced losses of $369 million (£298 million/€348 million).

The figure revealed by world football's governing body can partly be put down to legal expenses caused by the ongoing corruption scandal.

Vitaly Mutko, a former member of the FIFA Council, had also suggested this was a factor in the amount demanded for Confederations Cup and World Cup broadcast rights.

"Maybe because of their losses, I cannot see any other reasons," said Makarenko.

"Because usually a price coming up from World Cup to World Cup is 10, 12 or maybe 15 per cent, not four times more."

In response to the claims, a FIFA spokesperson said: "Negotiations are ongoing and updates will be provided in due time. 

"Therefore please understand we have no further comment for the time being."