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21st Sep 2022

KFC threaten to sue FFF over Kylian Mbappé’s sponsorship issues

Callum Boyle

The fast-food chain are ready to sue the FFF

KFC are threatening to sue the French Football Federation (FFF) following Kylian Mbappé’s refusal to promote the company.

The fast-food chain are the current sponsors of the FFF but were left unhappy after Mbappé reportedly refused to take part in a photoshoot with the national team following a long-running dispute over players’ image rights.

“The French Football Federation needs money and KFC agrees to pay to have an image of what we are paying for.

“He is committed with the Federation to produce a collective image with each time at least four other players. We’re going to stop paying and then that’s it,” Alain Beral, vice-president of KFC France, told Sport Business Club.

He then added: “We are going to follow this very closely because there is no question of having signed a contract which is not respected.”

According to the Daily Mail (via Get France Football News), Mbappé was reluctant to be associated with gambling firms and fast-food companies, which prompted him to make his feelings known to the FFF.

The FFF released a statement in response on Monday in response to the situation and have agreed to review the way image rights are being handled.

“The FFF is looking forward to working on the outlines of a new agreement that will enable it to protect its interests while taking into consideration the legitimate concerns and convictions unanimously expressed by the players.”

Mbappé is currently away with the French national team for their Nations League campaign where they will face Austria and Denmark in their final games before the defence of the World Cup.

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