Kylian Mbappe has reportedly refused to attend Tuesday’s France national team photo shoot as his longstanding dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF) over image rights continues.
Mbappe carried out a boycott among the French team of certain sponsors back in March as he didn’t want to be associated with certain brands.
He has now opted out of a planned photoshoot with the squad as he remains uncomfortable promoting certain sponsors, including betting companies and fast-food brands, as reported by Get French Football News.
The FFF last year inked an €8million (£7million) deal with online sportsbook Betclic, which runs until the 2026 World Cup.
The federation also has ties to KFC, Uber Eats and Coca-Cola, which could be a problem for Mbappe.
All the money Mbappe earns from France sponsorship goes to charity but the forward is believed to have resigned from the photoshoot due to the moral and ethical issues arising from representing certain sponsors.
Mbappe’s complaints are understandable given his past troubles with betting companies.
French betting company Winamax has been widely condemned for a tweet it sent out earlier this year about a football fan celebrating a goal by showing his bum to the crowd. Alongside the image, the caption read: “Kylian Mbappe’s father celebrates his son’s goal against South Africa.”
Far from being impressed by her ill-considered tweet, Mbappe responded by writing: “The danger of online betting…has no limit anymore. Please respect.’
It is understood that Mbappe still wants to renegotiate the image rights agreement with the FFF for national players.
As early as 2010, after the national team’s disastrous World Cup, it was agreed that the image rights would be divided equally among the 23 members of each French squad.
However, Mbappe would like more of the team’s earnings to go towards grassroots football.
The FFF have refused to budge for now, but Mbappe’s refusal to take part in her latest photoshoot could force her to reconsider.