Image rights with the Blues: Kylian Mbappé refuses to participate in Tuesday’s photo shoot

Kylian Mbappé a “ decided not to take part in the planned photo shoot” Tuesday with the France team after the Federation’s refusal to ” modify the agreement » image rights of players, he said Monday in a statement sent to AFP. The star of the Blues and PSG, “ and its representatives (…) deeply regrets that no agreement could, as requested, be reached before the World Cup” on this subject which has already caused controversy in March.

Since the boycott by Kylian Mbappé of a marketing operation with the sponsors of the French team, on March 22 on the occasion of a rally in Clairefontaine, the convention which binds the Blues to the FFF is at the heart of a controversy. The Parisian star and his advisers have notably indicated that the individual image of certain players is being used more and more, with others more withdrawn. And would also have a right of scrutiny over the brands with which internationals are associated.

Le Graët spoke with some players

This decision “obviously does not call into question his total commitment and his determination to contribute to the collective success of the national team for the sporting events to come”, ended the press release sent by Mbappé. The Blues face Austria on Thursday at the Stade de France and perform in Denmark on Sunday as part of the League of Nations, two matches which should serve as their preparation for the World Cup (November 20 – December 18).

Even before Kylian Mbappé’s announcement to refuse to participate in sponsorship activities this Tuesday morning, Noël Le Graët had wanted to go to Clairefontaine to meet certain executives of the Blues including Hugo Lloris, Olivier Giroud and Raphaël Varane to take a new point on the situation. The president of the FFF was able to discuss with certain elements of the France group before the start of the training scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in order to discuss once again, after the June meeting, the blocking points.


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