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Kylian Mbappe responds to criticism after Paris Saint-Germain and France star was branded ‘self-titled’ for missing team photoshoot due to image rights boycott


Kylian Mbappe says he doesn’t mind being criticized for boycotting the France national team photo shoot.

The Paris Saint-Germain star got on the scoresheet for the second half of the Nations League game against Austria on Thursday night.

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Mbappe scored for his country on Thursday but that’s not why he made headlines this week

Former Arsenal player Olivier Giroud then doubled Les Bleus’ lead, leading Didier Deschamps’ side to a win that put them third in Group 1 behind Croatia and Denmark.

However, the questions posed to striker Mbappe after his side’s 2-0 win didn’t just focus on what happened on the pitch that night.

Earlier this week, the PSG striker refused to take part in his national team’s photo shoot due to a long-standing dispute over image rights, amid moral concerns over commercial sponsors of the French Football Federation.

And Mbappe’s decision to boycott led to him being called ‘self-titled’ by former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy, who said the superstar should put his team-mates first .

The Frenchman has now responded to the criticism he faced this week, as well as his reaction to the FFF confirming they will be looking to adapt the image rights deal.

“Yes [I am happy with the statement] – it was not me who found agreements, the whole team wanted that,” he said.


Mbappe says he wasn't the only one unhappy with FFF image rights deal

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Mbappe says he wasn’t the only one unhappy with FFF image rights deal

“Afterwards, I don’t mind being on the front of the stage if it’s beneficial for my teammates.

“Being criticized won’t change the way I play and live. If it helps the band, I don’t mind. I think the whole band is happy.

Following Mbappe’s decision to step down from the photoshoot, the French Football Federation have issued a statement confirming that they will reassess their current deals.

“Following conclusive discussions with the leaders of the French team, the president, the coach and a marketing manager, the FFF has undertaken to revise, as soon as possible, the agreement on the right to the image that binds her to the players of her national team”.

France will look to focus on drama off the pitch as they prepare to win a second straight World Cup

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France will look to focus on drama off the pitch as they prepare to win a second straight World Cup

And to continue: “The FFF is delighted to work on the outlines of a new agreement which will allow it to protect its interests while taking into account the legitimate concerns and the convictions unanimously expressed by the players.”

Meanwhile, France are set to play one more game ahead of the World Cup this winter, facing Denmark in their final Nations League game on Sunday.

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