The French Football Federation (FFF) has announced that it will work with the players of its national team to revise the agreement regarding the use of its images and rights.
It comes after PSG and France star Kylian Mbappé boycotted support activities – including a photo session – organized by the French national team at their training camp in Clairefontaine on Tuesday.
CNN has reached out to Mbappé’s representatives for comment.
“I have decided not to participate in the photo session after the French federation refused to change the image rights agreement with the players,” Mbappé said in a statement to ESPN.
“My representatives and I deeply regret not having reached an agreement before the World Cup, as requested.”
in a statement about TwitterThe FFF said, “The FFF hopes to work out the outlines of a new agreement that will allow it to protect its interests, taking into account the legitimate concerns and convictions expressed unanimously by its players.
“After discussions with the directors, president, coach and marketing director of the Equipe de France, the French Football Federation is committed to reviewing the image rights agreement with its national team players as soon as possible,” the FFF said. the statement continued.
The Union Nationale des Footballeurs Professionnels (UNFP), the French players’ association, had no further comment to add at this time.
The rift between Mbappé and the federation began in March when the 23-year-old boycotted activities with one of the team’s sponsors, according to several French media outlets.
Three months later, FFF president Noël Le Graët told L’Équipe that the image rights agreement would not change before the World Cup – the federation has now changed its position.
Earlier this year, Mbappé was at the center of a transfer battle between Real Madrid and Paris-Saint-Germain, when the issue of image rights once again played a major role.
In the Spanish club’s fourth bid for the French star, they offered him 50% of his image rights earnings, a condition that is said to have helped shift the striker’s preferences back to Paris-Saint Germain, who offered a more lucrative percentage. sources close to the player, as reported by the Spanish channel El País.
France next play in the Nations Cup against Austria on Thursday, and Denmark three days later.