The French Football Association have confirmed they will review the situation around player image rights following Kylian Mbappe’s protest.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward has created tension by refusing to take part in the France national team’s photoshoot over a long-running dispute over image rights.
It’s reported by Get French Football News the 23-year-old led a boycott among the France team of certain sponsors in March and has now backed out of a scheduled photoshoot as he remains uncomfortable promoting sponsors such as betting companies and fast food brands.
The FFF hold a deal with online sports betting company etclic that is worth £7million, while also holding ties with ties with KFC, Uber Eats and Coca-Cola.
With Mbappe donating all of the money that he earns from sponsorship with the France national team to charity, it’s clear that such an arrangement could cause moral and ethical issues.
It’s understood that Mbappe wants to renegotiate the agreement over image rights with the FFF for national team players, with those rights being currently equally distributed between the the 23 members of each France squad.
However Mbappe is pushing to see more of the team’s revenue going to grassroots football, something that the FFF may now be willing to review.
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Their statement read: “Following conclusive discussions with the French team’s executives, the president, the coach and a marketing manager, the FFF has undertaken to revise, as soon as possible, the agreement on image rights that binds it to its national team players.”
They continued: “The FFF is looking forward to working on the outlines of a new agreement that will enable it to protect its interests while taking into consideration the legitimate concerns and convictions unanimously expressed by the players.”