It came after the PSG and France star Kylian Mbappe
It boycotted sponsorship activities – including a photo shoot – scheduled for Tuesday during the French national team’s training camp in Clairefontaine.
CNN has reached out. Mbappé
Representative for comment.
“I have decided not to participate in the photo shoot after the French Federation refused to change the image rights agreement with the players,” Mbappé said in a statement. ESPN
“My representatives and I deeply regret that an agreement could not be reached before the World Cup, as requested.”
But in a statement Twitter
the FFF said, “The FFF looks forward to working out the outline of a new agreement that will enable it to protect its interests while taking into account the legitimate concerns and beliefs unanimously expressed by its players.
“Following final discussions with the executives, president, coach and a marketing manager of the Aquipe de France, the French Football Federation undertakes to revise, as soon as possible, the image rights agreement it has with its national team players. Connects,” the FFF statement continued.
The Union Nationale des Footballers Professionals (UNFP), the French players’ association, had no further comment to add at this time.
According to multiple French media sources, the rift between Mbappé and the federation began in March when the 23-year-old boycotted activities with one of the first team’s sponsors.
Three months later, FFF President Noel Le Graet said L’Équipe
That the image rights deal would remain unchanged before the World Cup — a position the federation has now U-turned.
Earlier in the year, Mbappé was at the center of a transfer battle. Real Madrid
and Paris-Saint-Germain when the subject of image rights once again played an important role.
In the Spanish club’s fourth offer to the French star, they offered him 50% of the profits from their image rights – a stipulation that reportedly helped shift the striker’s preferences to Paris Saint-Germain, who Offered high profit percentage. From a source close to the player, Spanish outlet LP
France next face Austria in the Nations Cup on Thursday, followed by Denmark three days later.
CNN’s Arnaud Siad contributed to this report.