Water in the gas between Kylian Mbappé and the French Football Federation (FFF). The PSG player “decided not to take part in the photo session planned” Tuesday with the France team, after the Federation’s refusal to “modify the convention” of the image rights of the players, a-t -he said this Monday in a press release.
The star of the Blues “and his representatives (…) deeply regret that no agreement could, as requested, be reached upstream of the World Cup” on this subject which was already controversial in March.
A precedent in March
Kylian Mbappé had already refused to participate in a sponsorship operation on March 23 at the Clairefontaine training center, to show his disagreement with the agreement signed by the Blues with the FFF for the exploitation of their image rights.
The president of the federation, Noël Le Graët, reacted by threatening the player to no longer receive income related to the image rights of the Blues. The two parties had ended up conceding that “modifications” had to be made, “to be in tune with developments in sport and modes of communication”, had assured the advice of number 10 of the France team, and an agreement seemed to have been found.
An unsatisfactory “status quo”
But the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, explained Monday in L’Équipe that “nothing will change between now and the World Cup”. This statement led Kylian Mbappé to remain “faithful to his positions”, and therefore not to take part in this photo shoot. 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 press release.
The FFF has not yet reacted to this choice. The players of the France team are currently gathered for their last internship before the World Cup in Qatar. Noël Le Graët and François Vasseur, marketing director, are expected in the afternoon at Clairefontaine, where they will meet with players. The Blues will face Austria this Thursday at the Stade de France, then Denmark on Sunday in Copenhagen, as part of the League of Nations.