If you are an eagle-eyed fan of Inter Milan, you will notice there is a specific feature of the Italian club’s away jersey missing in their UEFA Champions League match away to Shakhtar Donetsk last night.
The most noticeable of these changes is in the absence of the ‘snake’ which can be spotted wrapped around the jersey.
Also known as the ‘Biscione’, the snake is an iconic emblem to the Serie A champions but as per reports, UEFA have asked the club to remove the ‘snake’ emblem from their jersey as it goes against UEFA’s regulations, but this new change will not be affecting the inclusion of the team in footy accumulators in games like the Serie A, Coppa Italia, and the Champions League.
In a series of UEFA rules, the body states that: “The choice of pattern is unrestricted with the following exceptions (to be assessed at the sole discretion of the UEFA administration):
“The pattern must be non-pictorial, e.g. it must not contain any images, illustrations or any other symbols (any pattern that does not satisfy this requirement will be considered as a decorative element);
“The pattern must not allow a reasonable person to identify a manufacturer or sponsor relevant to the equipment (any pattern that does not satisfy this requirement will be considered a trademark).”
It appears that this may have been a delayed decision as whilst there is no snake emblem to be seen on the jersey, there are marks where it appears like Inter Milan have been forced to make a delayed amendment and peeled off the snake emblem.
The report indicates the club have also been informed to remove part of their shirt sponsor, with it now reading as ‘$INTER Fan Token’ without the ‘By Socios.com’.
After suffering an opening day loss against Spanish giants real Madrid, the Serie A club were hoping to return to winning ways away in Ukraine but things weren’t that easy for the club on the night.
A below-par Inter Milan played goalless with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
The Serie A champions who struggled to leave a major footprint on the match now have a single point from their first two UEFA Champions League matches.
The host dominated possession throughout the encounter occasionally allowing the visitors the odd counterattack in which Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella hit the crossbar with a curling attempt.
The visitors left it late with two extremely good goalscoring chances when Argentine forward Joaquin Correa and Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar were denied by two great saves by Andriy Pyatov.
Head coach Simone Inzaghi will take the single point but will undoubtedly be disappointed with his team’s performance level.
When teams were grouped in Group D of this season’s UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk almost appeared sure that Sheriff Tiraspol will be the whipping boys.
They had great reason to, given the Moldovan side had no prior elite level pedigree having qualified for the competition for the first time ever.
While Shakhtar spent over £50million on new recruits over the summer window, the Sheriff, who plays in the poorest nation in Europe, spent about £250,000.
However, this low budget hasn’t stopped the modest club from winning their first two group matches, with the win over La Liga giants Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on the night, which is one of the biggest upsets in the history of European club football.