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France players sign image rights agreement valid for 99 years

L’Équipe report today that the 26-page image rights agreement France players sign before their international debut includes a clause allowing the FFF to use their likeness for 99 years.

The contract has recently been under the microscope in the wake of Kylian Mbappé’s boycott of sponsorship obligations, with the forward unwilling to associate himself with betting websites and fast food outlets.

In return for €22,000 a match – plus any tournament-related bonuses – Les Bleus players are to take part in adverts for sponsors’ marketing campaigns, a dinner with the FFF’s commercial partners, and a charity event. France internationals are also obligated to take part in signing sessions with fans and “allow commercial partners to experience an away game within the squad”, among other commitments.

Players must also inform the FFF of any other image rights deals they sign outside of the national team – although these are only allowed under certain conditions. The agreement is valid until five years after their departure from the national team, and up to 99 years in the case of works detailing Les Bleus’ history.

Although fines are in place for players who break these rules, FFF president Noël Le Graët has stated that this would not be the case for Mbappé, and that he would be open to discussion with the Paris Saint-Germain man.

 

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