Kylian Mbappe refuses to take part in upcoming France national team photo shoot as he wants more control over his image rights

Kylian Mbappe refuses to take part in upcoming France national team photoshoot as he wants more control over his image rights

Kylian Mbappe has reportedly refused to take part in the France squad photo shoot as his long-running dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF) over image rights continues.

Mbappe led a boycott within the French national team of some sponsors in March as he didn’t want to be associated with particular brands.

On Monday, September 19, he opted out of a scheduled photoshoot with the team as he remains uncomfortable promoting certain sponsors, including betting companies and fast food brands, as reported by Get. French Football News.

The FFF agreed an €8m (£7m) deal with online sports betting firm Betclic last year, with that deal running until the 2026 World Cup.

The federation also has links with KFC, Uber Eats and Coca-Cola, which may be a concern for Mbappe.

All the money Mbappe earns from sponsorships from France is donated to charity but the striker is said to have walked away from the photoshoot due to the moral and ethical issues surrounding the representation of certain sponsors.

According to Mail Online, Mbappe’s grievances are understandable given his previous issues with betting companies in the past.

French betting company Winamax has been widely condemned for a tweet it sent earlier this year of a football fan celebrating a goal by showing his bum to the crowd. Alongside the photo, their caption read: “Kylian Mbappe’s father celebrates his son’s goal against South Africa.”

Mbappe was unimpressed with their ill-judged tweet and responded by writing: “The danger of online betting…having no more limit. A little respect please.

It is understood that Mbappe still wants to renegotiate the image rights deal with the FFF for the national team players.

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