Russia worried by lacklustre ticket sales ahead of the Fifa Confederations Cup

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko has admitted ticket sales are not as high as anticipated

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Russia's top sports official is worried by slow ticket sales for the Confederations Cup.

Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is overseeing preparations for the tournament in June and the World Cup next year, says the first-phase sales figure of 211,475 tickets, released by Fifa last week, was below expectations.

A total of 695,000 tickets are available for the tournament, which begins on June 17.

Mutko says "there are worries about ticket sales" in comments reported by state news agency R-Sport, adding "we hope the situation will improve" after more sales outlets open next week.

Russian fans make up the majority of sales so far, with Chile second with just over 7,000 sold. Germany, Portugal and Mexico follow. Tickets have been on sale since November.

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Mutko is worried by the low sales (Getty)

At present, tickets are still available for all 16 matches, including the opening match and the final.

Tickets are also still available for all three of Russia’s group stage games.

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The Confederations Cup will be played in Europe for the first time in 12 years (Getty)

Ticket prices operate on a sliding scale, ranging from £56 for a group stage game to almost £200 for a ticket to the final.

The Confederations Cup is seen as a test event prior to the World Cup and features eight teams split into two groups, with two teams from each group progressing to the semi-final stage.

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Tickets to all of Russia's games are still available (Getty)

The tournament features the reigning World Cup champions along with the six holders of the Fifa confederation championships, along with the World Cup host country.

This year Germany, Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Cameroon and Russia will take part, with the games played across two cities: Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.

(Additional reporting by the Associated Press)

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