Football News: After the Paris Saint-Germain striker allegedly declined to take part in a photoshoot with the national team, Kylian Mbappe’s dispute with the French FA has persisted.
Mbappe will be in Didier Deschamps’ squad when France participates in a team picture day on Tuesday in advance of their two Nations League games this week. Mbappe won’t be participating, though, because the Federation allegedly declined to “alter the agreement” on the players’ image rights.
Mbappe’s representatives are also dissatisfied that no agreement could be struck before the World Cup in Qatar, according to L’Equipe.
Since March, when the forward refused a marketing initiative including fast food and betting companies, he has been irate, leading to a dispute.
Football News: Uncomfortable Mbappe
Mbappe is believed to have felt awkward about his appearance in such advertisements and to think that the national team uses some players’ photos more than others, changing how they are perceived by the public.
Other members of the France team withheld their participation in the discussion and stated they would like a say in the companies that international athletes partner with.
Le Parisien reported in March that the former Monaco forward did not want his name connected to a particular group of sponsors for the French national team, particularly bookmakers or fast-food restaurants.
According to reports, Mbappe does not want to be associated with things that are connected to obesity, and he believes that online gambling poses a risk to his younger supporters.
Les Bleus’ sponsors may choose five players to participate in their marketing efforts, and it appears that Mbappe has once again been chosen. At this time, it is unknown if he will be punished for declining to participate in the photo shoot.
What did Mbappe’s camp say?
Mbappe’s camp, however, stated in a statement that this disagreement with the French FA wouldn’t have any bearing on his commitment to and concentrate on the national team.
His choice to skip the picture session “clearly does not call into question his full devotion and his determination to contribute to the collective success of the national team for the big athletic events to come.”
In an effort to recover from a disastrous summer camp in which they lost all four of their games, Deschamps’ team will play Austria at the Stade de France on Thursday before travelling to Denmark on Sunday.
France is presently last in its Nations League group and faces relegation after being held to draws against Croatia and Austria, before losing to Denmark and Croatia.