A dispute over the use of image rights between Kylian Mbappe and the French Football Federation reemerged as the team prepared for the UEFA Nations League games.
France’s preparations for the World Cup in Qatar are also being threatened due to the ongoing extortion scandal involving Paul Pogba.
The Paris Saint-Germain star will not pose for photos with his teammates on Tuesday because the federation has not amended the collective agreement governing rights for the French team before the World Cup, according to French media citing a statement made by Mbappé to France’s national news agency.
It was impossible to contact Mbappé’s attorney for comments.
The current contract, which was established in 2010, mandates that players take part in promotional activities with the team’s sponsors. Players are compensated with 25,000 euros ($25,000) for each international match they take part in.
However, Kylian Mbappe and his advisors contend that the agreement is unfair because pictures of some well-known players are used more frequently than those of other players. Additionally, they demand the right to critique the companies that players are affiliated with.
In March, Mbappe boycotted a marketing event for the federation.
Thursday’s match between France and Austria is followed by a three-day trip to Copenhagen to face Denmark. Les Bleus risk dropping to the lower division of the Nations League with two points from four games. The defending champions are in last place in Group 1 while Denmark are first with 9 points.
Kylian Mbappe has scored seven goals so far in Ligue 1 as he looks to take another golden boot.