France international striker Kylian Mbappe said his dispute with the French Football Federation over players’ image rights is a “collective position” aimed at helping the rest of his fellow players in the country’s national team.
The French Football Federation announced this week that it would review the agreement on the rights of players’ images after media reports that Mbappe refused to participate in activities related to one of the companies sponsoring the French team.
ESPN said that Mbappe refused to participate in a group photo of the team and in other activities of some of the sponsors this week; Because he does not want to support some of the brands that have sponsorship contracts with the national team.
“From the beginning, this was a collective action,” Mbappe said after France’s 2-0 victory over Austria in the European Nations League last night. “I have absolutely no problem leading the scene and fighting for my teammates. As I said, being criticized is not a big deal. I’m used to it”.
“It will not affect my playing style or my lifestyle, but the important thing is that it helps this group get what they want.” World champion France will meet Denmark in the European Nations League next Sunday.