Privately-held Russian broadcaster Match TV has reportedly agreed a deal with Fifa to show the next two flagship international soccer tournaments.
According to Russian news agency TASS, the Gazprom-Media owned company will broadcast the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup and the 2018 Fifa World Cup, both of which are being staged in Russia.
Match TV had previously refused to pay what Fifa demanded for the rights, given that the asking price represented a significant increase on what Russian channels paid for broadcasting rights to the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Tina Kandelaki, general producer of Match TV, said: “Match TV will be broadcasting the matches of the Fifa 2018 World Cup and the Fifa 2017 Confederations Cup. Fans will have full access to developments around the Russian national football team. The negotiations took some time, but this is a standard process.”
The 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup kicks off on 17th June in St Petersburg, and the tournament is seen as a precursor to next year’s Fifa World Cup, which will take place across 11 Russian cities from 14th June 2018 to 15th July 2018.