Sinisa Mihajlovic felt the referee did not follow protocol when incorrectly disallowing Torino’s late winner at Bologna.
The game ended 1-1, but in the opening round it already highlighted the limitations of VAR technology.
“They disallowed a perfectly valid goal,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Everyone in the stadium could see that it was Mattia Destro who knocked it back towards Andrea Belotti and not Tomas Rincon. In fact, none of the Bologna players stopped to appeal for offside.
“The move continued and the referee stopped play. They taught us that if in doubt, they should not blow the whistle. By blowing the whistle, Massa made a mistake and at that stage he couldn’t give us the goal, because play had been halted.
“If he had let play continue, as is protocol, then the VAR could’ve helped him to make the right decision.
“We are disappointed, because we could’ve won. Ultimately, we didn’t create as many chances as our possession deserved. I liked everything except the finishing. Andrea Belotti had an off night, but he wasn’t the only one and we didn’t give him enough service either.
“We had wanted to dedicate the victory to our fan Luca Russo, who was killed in the terrorist attack in Barcelona.”