David Beckham’s MLS team Inter Miami could be forced to change their name ahead of their debut next month after Internazionale won a key battle in a trademark infringement lawsuit.

The name, Inter Miami CF, chosen for the outfit by the former England captain and his partners has not gone down well with historic ​Serie A club ​Inter Milan, with the Italian side claiming that the term “Inter” is synonymous with its club and no one else.

Miami attorney David Winker, writing for Law.com, said the Italian club appears to have overcome the significant legal threshold of “likely confusion”, adding he believes the ruling “will result in Miami having to change its name”.

The ​Miami New Times reported Internazionale submitted a trademark application to the USPTO in 2014 to make ‘Inter’ and exclusive brand in the United States, barring other clubs from marketing themselves with the same shorthand, while Inter Miami CF’s subsequent application in 2018 has been suspended.

The legal battle is the latest bump in the rocky development period for Beckham’s club, including a prolonged struggle over stadium construction, objections from cruise lines, ludicrous demands from private landowners, calls to build a high school on the complex and, most recently, the ​discovery of arsenic contamination at the golf course where the 25,000-seat Miami Freedom Park will be built. 

Inter Miami (for now, anyway) are scheduled to play the first home game in club history on the 14th of March against LA Galaxy after opening with back-to-back road matches at LAFC and DC United.