The legal counsel for China's Football Association says arbitration is likely to be required to settle the severance pay for fired national team coach Jose Antonio Camacho.

Tian Fengchang told the official Xinhua News Agency on Saturday that financial negotiations between the two sides had reached a standstill.

The association fired Camacho last month following a 5-1 loss to Thailand, saying the Spaniard had failed to achieve expected results with China's world ranking plummeting.

Camacho was appointed in 2011 with expectations of leading the team to the 2014 World Cup.

On Friday, Camacho's lawyer told Xinhua that his client would seek assistance from FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport to settle the dispute.