Kylian Mbappe, a striker for France, said his argument over image rights with the French Football Federation was a “collective effort” to support teammates.
Following media reports that Mbappe had declined to participate in sponsor activities, the French Football Federation said this week that it would reconsider its agreement on players’ image rights.
Mbappe reportedly declined to take part in a team picture and sponsor events this week because he does not want to support specific sponsors, such as fast food restaurants and gambling firms, under contract with the national team, according to ESPN.
Mbappe remarked after France beat Austria 2-0 in the Nations League on Thursday, “(the group) has always been behind me.” “It was an action that was taken by everyone at once.
“Simply put, I don’t mind stepping to the front of the stage and battling for my side. Taking criticism is not a huge thing, as I have said. I’m accustomed to it now.
“It won’t affect the way I play or the way I live, and the essential thing is whether it can assist the group attain what they want.”
On Sunday, the defending world champions France go to Denmark.