PARIS (AP) — A dispute over the use of image rights between Kylian Mbappe and the French soccer federation resurfaced Monday as the team prepares for the Nations League.
A months-long dispute and an ongoing embezzlement case involving Paul Pogba are disrupting France’s preparations for the World Cup in Qatar.
French media reported, citing Mbappe’s statement to Agence France-Presse, that the Paris Saint-Germain star will refrain from taking part in a photo session with his teammates on Tuesday as the federation faces the world. The collective agreement governing rights for the French team has not been amended. cup
Mbappe’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.
The current contract, which runs through 2010, requires players to participate in marketing operations with team sponsors. In return, players receive 25,000 euros ($25,000) for each international match.
But Mbappe and his advisers argue that the deal is unfair because the images of some top players are used more often than others. They also want the right to review the brands the players are associated with.
Mbappe boycotted a marketing event for the federation in March.
France play Austria on Thursday and travel to Copenhagen three days later with Denmark. Les Bleus face relegation to the second tier of the League of Nations. The defending champions are bottom of Group 1 with two points from four games. Denmark leads with nine.