Vidic controversially sent off, gives away penalty in Inter opener

Nemanja Vidic

Nemanja Vidic was sent off in the closing stages of Inter's first 2014-15 Serie A clash, which ended goalless against Torino.

It was a far from ideal start to life in Serie A for ex-Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic, who conceded a spot kick and saw red at the end of Inter's away draw with Torino.

The Serbian international joined Inter on a free transfer after his contract at Old Trafford expired early in the summer and he has looked solid in pre-season and Europe.

But Inter's first league game of the new campaign didn't exactly go according to plan for Vidic.

After 19 minutes, the referee awarded a penalty when Fabio Quagliarella went down in the box under pressure from Vidic.

Fortunately for Inter, goalkeeper Samir Handanovic confirmed his status as a penalty expert and stopped Marcelo Larrondo's kick.

Inter pressed with the game at 0-0 but Mauro Icardi should have done better when Hernanes sent him through on goal, but his touch was poor.

Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli made superb saves to deny Hernanes and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo while Alessandro Gazzi blocked Gary Medel from following up.

But Vidic's night ended badly when he was sent off for apparently sarcastically applauding the referee in the 93rd minute, a decision that coach Walter Mazzarri bemoaned.

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"The referee made a blunder," the Inter boss said in La Gazzetta dello Sport. 

"As they do in England, Vidic applauded a free-kick being awarded and referee Doveri misunderstood. It was an absurd red card."

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