In recent days, one controversy has followed another in French football. While the Blues met since Monday in Clairefontaine (Yvelines) to prepare for their two matches in the League of Nations against Austria and Denmark, Kylian Mbappé has “decided not to participate in the planned photo shoot”Tuesday, for France’s teammates.
The attacker justified this decision by refusing the French Football Federation (FFF) to “amend the agreement” image rights of the players, he said on Monday in a statement sent to AFP. The star of the Blues and Paris-Saint-Germain and its representatives (…) deeply regrets that no agreement could, as requested, be reached before the World Cup” (from November 20 to December 18).
The case is not new. In March, Mbappé already refused to comply with a marketing operation in a previous rally with the French team. During various meetings, the advisors of the player, especially his lawyer, Delphine Verheyden, were able, together with the leaders of the FFF, to “explain their position on the need to change the agreement governing the conditions of use of its image”continued the press release.
With this tool, the federation collectively manages the image rights of the Blues. In return, each selected will receive 25,000 euros per international meeting. An agreement to this effect was made in 2010. Mbappé signed it in his first with the French team, in 2017.
“Nothing will change between now and the World Cup”
Since then, the Bondy prodigy took another dimension and claimed the right to refuse to see his image associated with some official partners. Among the dislikes: Coca-Cola and the fast-food chain KFC, or the online betting site Betclic. We say, in fact, the player is very worried about the problems of junk food, but also worried about the excesses involved in online betting.
me Verheyden, defended, in an interview with Parisian in March, the idea of a right to examine: “It is important that the players are compatible with the commercials they are involved in. They have a role model for their young audience. This role must be taken care of. »
In June, a meeting took place between the president of the FFF, Noël Le Graët, lawyers and Kylian Mbappé’s mother to discuss the agreement governing this famous collective image right (DIC) of the France team. There is a first press release from the Mbappé clan, confident of the chancess “to make a new version of the agreement ahead of the next World Cup”Mr. Le Graët answered with some hesitation. “We actually agreed on a press release on some points. The text that was finally offered to me by the advice of Kylian hurt me a little, admitted the leader, asked The group. This agreement is not only with Kylian but with all the players of the French team. Let’s also not forget all the partners who give us a lot of money. »
Le Breton says to connect Me Verheyden and FFF lawyer Yves Wehrli to continue discussions. Three months later, the French football boss postponed the topic. “Nothing will change between now and the World Cup”, he announced on Monday, still The group.
Asked by AFP, the federation had no reaction by mid-afternoon. Noël Le Graët and François Vasseur, director of marketing, are expected in Clairefontaine, where they will meet the players and the principal concerned, Kylian Mbappé. When his contract with PSG was extended in May, the 2018 world champion was surprised by the importance of this convention story.
“The funny thing is that before this rally in March, I don’t think anyone has made even a brief statement about image rights… There’s a bit of a misunderstanding, but we’ll sort that out quickly. » Not so easy, if we believe what he chose to stay in his room, at the time of the photo shoot, Tuesday in Clairefontaine.