The French Football Federation has issued a statement confirming that it will look into the situation surrounding players’ image rights after Kylian Mbappe refused to appear in the France squad photo for the 2022 World Cup at the Qatar.
The statement came after Kylian Mbappe reportedly refused to take part in the France squad photo shoot on Tuesday due to a long-running dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF) over image rights.
Their statement reads as follows: “Following conclusive discussions with the leaders of the France team, the president, the coach and a marketing manager, the FFF has undertaken to revise, as soon as possible, the agreement on the right to the image which binds it to the players of its national team. ‘
He continues: “The FFF is delighted to work on the outlines of a new agreement which will allow it to protect its interests while taking into account the legitimate concerns and convictions unanimously expressed by the players.”
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. He has now opted out of a scheduled photo shoot with the squad 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 goes to charity, but the striker is believed to have walked away from the photoshoot due to the moral and ethical issues that arise from portraying certain sponsors .
Mbappe’s grievances are understandable given his previous issues with betting companies in the past.