The French Football Federation announced on Monday that it would revise as soon as possible the image rights agreement for players of the France team. A long-standing claim by Parisian star Kylian Mbappé.
It only took five hours, the time that elapsed between Kylian Mbappé’s press release announcing that he would not participate in the Blues photo shoot on Tuesday and that of the Federation formalizing an agreement with the locker room executives.
Five hours to resolve a six-month-long dispute. On March 22, Kylian Mbappe had skipped a photo shoot with sponsors of the France team. The striker wanted a greater say over the advertisers to whom he lent his image. In his viewfinder, two fast-food giants and an online betting company. Companies that did not fit “ to the values he wanted to advocate “.
Club leader capable of standing up to the FFF
Between March and June, contacts between the Federation and the player’s representatives had been established, but no agreement found. The FFF, through the voice of its president, had even said on Monday that the convention dating from 2010 and authorizing the Federation to collectively manage the image rights of players would not be modified before the World Cup. A position counter-attacked by Mbappé in stride with success.
Following a meeting between the executive players of the Blues and the president of the Federation Noël Le Graët accompanied by the marketing director of the FFF, the latter announced that it would revise the text as soon as possible.
A total victory for the striker who, two months from the World Cup, is still establishing himself a little more as a leader of the Blues, capable of standing up to a Noël Le Graët, who is moreover weakened by business that affect the Federation. Now that he has established himself as a leader off the field, the performances of the Parisian star against Austria and Denmark for the last two days of the group stage of the League of Nations will be all the more expected.