Kylian Mbappe REFUSES to appear in France team photo as image rights row threatens to disrupt World Cup campaign

    KYLIAN MBAPPE has refused to appear in France’s latest team photo.

    His omission is amid a row over his image rights which threatens to disrupt Didier Deschamps’ World Cup campaign.

    Kylian Mbappe says he will not take part in France's latest team photo amid an image rights row


    Kylian Mbappe says he will not take part in France’s latest team photo amid an image rights rowCredit: AFP

    The defending champions are currently preparing for upcoming Nations League matches again Austria and Denmark this month.

    Tomorrow, the team is due to have a group photo at their Clairefontaine training base.

    Other sponsorship activities will also take place ahead of November’s World Cup group stage opener against Australia.

    But Mbappe is not taking part due to a row over his image rights.

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    ESPN claims the Paris Saint-Germain star, 23, does not want to endorse several brands – including betting and fast food outlets.

    Instead, he hopes to have a say on future sponsors with French footballers.

    And after refusing to take part in March’s activities, Mbappe insists he will continue to stay away from France’s latest photoshoots.

    Mbappe said in a statement: “I have decided to not take part in the photoshoot after the French federation refusal to change the image rights agreement with the players.

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    “My representatives and I fully regret that no agreement could be reached, as asked, before the World Cup.”

    French FA president Noel Le Graet is expected to meet players shortly to discuss the issues and Mbappe’s concerns.

    He already met with the player’s mother, Fayza Lamari, in June to discuss potential changes.

    And it’s claimed Mbappe was led to believe things would be different ahead of the World Cup.

    But based on the striker’s statement and refusal to participate, those changes have not come to fruition.


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