David Beckham's Inter Miami face having to change name after losing first round of bitter legal battle with Inter Milan

DAVID BECKHAM could be forced to change the name of his Inter Miami team.

The Major League Soccer side have lost the first round of their legal battle with Inter Milan.

Inter Milan are suing the American league for trademark infringement.

The Italian side have claimed the term ‘Inter’ is synonymous with just them.

In 2014, the club filed a trademark application with the United States Patent Trademark Office.

According to AS, the Serie A side won the first round of the battle in court on Monday.

Inter Miami are expected to make a final appeal to the USPTO to overturn the decision.

But defeat would see the Beckham's club forced into a humiliating change of identity.

The re-branding the entire club would cost Beckham and Co millions of dollars.

Legendary England superstar Becks, 45, is a co-owner of the new MLS franchise.

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The team is called Inter Miami CF – which is short for Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.

Their first game in the MLS was in March 2020 – but they lost 1-0 to Los Angeles FC.

The team finished tenth in the 14-team Eastern Conference of the MLS last season.

Meanwhile, reports have linked Lionel Messi with a move to the club in the future.

Talks over a move for the Ballon d'Or continued following reports of a luxury apartment purchased on the Florida coast.

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