French football federation to review image rights agreement

(Reuters) – The French Football Federation said it would review its agreement on player image rights following media reports that striker Kylian Mbappe refused to participate in sponsorship activities.

ESPN reported that Mbappé declined to participate in a team photo and sponsorship activities scheduled for Tuesday because he does not want to endorse some brands, including fast food chains and betting companies, which are under contract with the national team.

“I decided not to participate in the photo shoot following the French federation’s refusal to change the image rights agreement with the players,” MbappĂ© said in a statement, according to ESPN.

The French federation said on Twitter on Monday that it had held discussions with the team’s executives, the president, the coach and a marketing manager.

“… The French Football Federation undertakes to review, as soon as possible, the image rights agreement between itself and its selected players,” the statement added.

“The FFF is eager to work on the drafts of a new agreement that will allow it to secure its interests, taking into account the legitimate concerns and convictions unanimously expressed by its players.”

France host Austria in the Nations League on Thursday and play Denmark three days later.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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