On Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stage, Inter Milan challenge Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. A match which is obviously important for the sportsman since the Italian club lost their first match against Real Madrid but which is also the occasion to discover the result of the now legendary UEFA Champions League equipment regulations. Because for their game, Inter simply had to wipe the legendary “Biscione” from their away shirt.
Just a few days ago Ajax Amsterdam were in the midst of two major changes to their shirts to meet current Champions League regulations. After removing his three little birds from his third jersey, the names of the players must have been included in the Dutch home kit. What to realize once again that we do not joke with the laws of the European body.
Like Roma in October 2019 who had to change their jersey or FC Valencia who had been warned because of the neck warmers of the players, it is Inter Milan which is now in the sights of UEFA as evidenced by the “new” away shirt which was used by the club’s youth team on Tuesday and which is also on the shoulders of Arturo Vidal’s teammates for the match against Shakhtar.
Because if the main lines of the outfit imagined by Nike are still in place, it is despite everything the most symbolic part that has purely and simply been withdrawn since the Biscione, this serpent with the head of a dragon, no longer appears! Symbol of the Milanese city, the Biscione had been reintroduced this season on the away shirt of Inter Milan and in the continuity of what had already been done during the 2010-2011 season. While it used to appear well on the left sleeve of Samuel Eto’o’s team-mates during Champions League matches, it now appears only tone-on-tone and very lightly. A case that could almost remind us of what happened with the France team during Euro 2016, when they played in a white jersey where the sleeves appeared washed out.
While Nike had spoken at the time to explain the reasons for this sudden change, no communication has yet been made from the brand or the club regarding this change in design on the jersey. While there is no doubt that it is the current regulations that are at the heart of the change, however, we do not find any trace of an article that could specify that the presence of such a graphic would be contrary to the various laws.
On the other hand, like what we relate in our article on Ajax’s retoqued jerseys, it is important to specify that this change was anticipated on the part of the Inter club and its equipment supplier Nike since Several jersey approval phases are put in place by UEFA in order to avoid any last-minute problems. The first of these phases dating back to September 2020, this left a lot of time for the two entities to find the best compromise.
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