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Football Federation Speaks Out After Kylian Mbappe Refused To Appear In France Team Photo

Following Kylian Mbappe’s refusal to take part in France’s team photo for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the French Football Federation has issued a statement confirming they will investigate the situation involving players’ image rights.

The declaration followed Kylian Mbappe’s alleged refusal to participate in the France national team’s photo shoot on Tuesday due to an ongoing image rights dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF).

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.’

It continued:

Mbappe led a boycott among the French team of certain sponsors back in March as he did not want to be associated with particular brands. He has now opted out of a scheduled photoshoot with the squad as he remains uncomfortable promoting certain sponsors including betting companies and fast food brands, as reported by Get French Football News.

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

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

All of the money that Mbappe earns from France sponsorships goes to charity, but the forward is believed to have stepped away from the photoshoot due to the moral and ethical issues that arise out of representing certain sponsors.

Mbappe’s grievances are understandable given his previous issues with betting companies in the past.

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