The mother of Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé, Fayza Lamari, is drawing the wrath of a couple of agents. The latest to slam Lamari is Yvan Le Mée, a representative of several French players, as he took his turn to criticize her.
Le Mée expressed dissatisfaction with her attempt to offer services to multiple players after she launched an advisory structure. Outside of her two sons, she manages the interest of Olympique Lyonnais’ Rayan Cherki.
Additionally, the football representative accused Lamari of overstepping boundaries and attempting to infringe upon professional agents’ established roles and responsibilities.
“It’s not her job; she has no capacity to act,” Le Mée said on After Foot RMC (h/t Culture PSG). “At some point, you just have to be in reality and do what you know how to do.
“There are two levels. There is that of ‘I take care of my son’ and there is that of ‘I offer my services to 20, 30, 100 players’. Today, we are talking about Kylian’s mother, who offers her services for the profession of agent. It’s a job, and she doesn’t know how to do it. To do talks for her son and other players, she should have a license.”
Agents with years of experience, extensive networks, and an in-depth understanding of the business can provide valuable guidance and support to players. Their expertise can help players navigate the complexities of contract negotiations, sponsorship deals, and career decisions.
However, it is essential to note that there are instances where family members successfully represent players. Neymar Jr.’s father, for example, has acted as his agent throughout his career. In such cases, family members must possess the necessary knowledge, qualifications, and integrity to fulfill a player agent’s responsibilities effectively.
It will be interesting to see if, aside from Cherki, Lamari will be managing the interest of other footballers as she could be beginning her rise in football.