France Image rights dispute is ‘collective action’ for teammates


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France striker Kylian Mbappe has said his image rights dispute with the French Football Federation (FFF) is a “collective action” to help his team-mates.

ESPN reported on Monday that Mbappe had refused to take part in group photos and sponsored activities planned for this week because he did not want to endorse certain brands, including fast food chains and betting companies, under his contract with the national team.

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Mbappe’s stance was backed by senior players in the squad, including goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and defender Raphael Varane, who were included in a meeting with the FFF before training on Monday.


“[The group] Mbappe said after France beat Austria 2-0 in the Nations League on Thursday. “It was a collaborative effort from the beginning.

“I don’t have any problem going to the stage and fighting for my teammates.. Like I said, criticism is not a big deal.. I’m used to it.

“It’s not going to change the way I play or the way I live my life, and if it helps the team get what they want, that’s the main thing.”

France will face Denmark in the pre-World Cup finals starting in Qatar on Sunday, November 20.



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