Mbappe 'wins' image rights battle with France

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Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

After refusing to join in a photoshoot involving the France national team, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe now appears to have won an images rights battle with the French Football Federation (FFF).

According to the Daily Express, the 23-year-old has forced the FFF to backtrack on their position regarding an image rights dispute, which compels national team players to partake in promotional photoshoots for the federation's sponsors.

Mbappe, who is arguably Les Bleus' most marketable player today, has been the leading opposition in the dispute, with the forward reportedly making it clear on Monday that he will boycott a photoshoot set to take place on Tuesday.

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It is understood the former Monaco prodigy is not comfortable promoting certain products and services involving gambling and fast food, and it is claimed he has boycotted similar sponsor partnership activities in the past.

The FFF has since confirmed they will be reviewing their image rights agreement with their players as soon as possible, with PSG No. 7's firm protest seemingly prompting the decision. 

"The FFF is delighted to work on the outlines of a new agreement which will allow it to maintain its interests all the while taking into consideration the concerns and legitimate convictions unanimously expressed by its players," a statement the organisation sent out on Monday night read.

The confirmation comes after the football body held crisis talks with senior squad members, along with FFF president Noel Le Graet and head coach Didier Deschamps.

However, Le Graet has insisted the issue was not a big deal, despite some players feeling compelled to release statements through French-based media outlet AFP demanding a review of the images rights agreement before the World Cup.

"I saw Mbappe by himself, then Mbappe at Clairefontaine [the national team headquarters], Mbappe in a group, then all the players," he said at a news conference at the FFF's general assembly, according to RMC.

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"The conclusion remains: no change until the World Cup, perfect equality between all players. Frankly, there is no major problem to deal with.

"On the contrary. It was done in a very friendly manner with him, first, then the old soldiers of the federation, the players."

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