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Kylian Mbappé in image rights row with France national team

L’Équipe report that Kylian Mbappé refused to take part in yesterday morning’s sponsorship commitments with the French national team.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward explained that he did not want his image associated with certain brands, on the advice of his own lawyer.

Les Bleus’ sponsors did not appreciate Mbappé’s no-show, and FFF president Noël Le Graët called up Mbappé to try changing his mind, in vain.

Mbappé’s entourage considers that certain brands pose moral and ethical issues, with the 23-year-old’s own image rights going exclusively towards charitable causes.

The PSG man has also questioned the manner in which French national team’s revenue is redistributed, of which he would like to see more going to grassroots football.

Mbappé’s lawyer Delphine Verheyden had questioned the FFF over the players’ obligatory sponsorship commitments – either the responses she received were not clear enough, or were non-existent. This led to yesterday’s boycott.

The FFF are now considering their next move, in what is sure to be an unprecedented event in the French national team camp.

 

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