Kylian Mbappé refuses to participate in a photo shoot because of a dispute over image rights with the FFF

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been in conflict with the French Football Federation (FFF) for several weeks over the management of his image rights.

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The question of the image rights of Kylian Mbappé in Blue is still not settled. The attacker has « decided not to take part in the planned photo shoot » Tuesday, September 20 with the France team. His decision follows the Federation’s refusal to « change agreement » image rights of players, as he said on Monday, September 19, in a press release sent to AFP.

The star of Les Bleus and Paris Saint-Germain as well as « its representatives (…) deeply regret that no agreement could, as requested, be reached before the World Cup » on this subject, which was already controversial in March. At the time, the PSG striker had refused to participate in a session with the sponsors of the Blues. 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 important sporting events to come »concludes the player’s press release.

In Monday’s edition of The Team, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, said that this situation should be addressed in Clairefontaine on Monday. Although he claimed that nothing would change before the World Cup in Qatar: « I must a priori meet the players monday [aujourd’hui] to interact with them. After the World Cup, we’ll see what to do. »

Collective image rights govern « rights and obligations » des Bleus, from their first selection until five years after the end of their professional career. She dates to the France team in 2010, following the events in Knysna. It is its terms and this duration that Kylian Mbappé calls into question, as explained in The Team his lawyer Delphine Verheyden, March 28, 2022: « Pour Kylian, it should be from his 18th to his 40th birthday. VSIt’s not realistic to make such a long commitment« .

She also regretted that her client was more often than others asked to represent the France team, and affirmed that the notion of collective image had given way. « in reality to the image rights of the players taken individually ». She therefore claimed thatplayers are in harmony with the advertisements in which they participate.« 

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