MILAN, June 21: The first Serie A goal in 103 days was marked by scorer Nicolas Nkoulou taking a knee as the Italian league resumed with tributes for the country�s healthcare workers and victims of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nkoulou, who is Black, took a knee in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and in honour of George Floyd after heading in Torino�s opener in the 15th minute.
Torino went on to draw 1-1 with Parma in the first Serie A game since the league was shut down more than three months ago amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Torino players wore a special kit with a message for healthcare workers on the players� jerseys: �Thank you to all the heroes�.
There was also a minute�s silence before kickoff in tribute to those who have died in the pandemic.
Italy has been one of the hardest hit countries by the coronavirus, with nearly 35,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19. It was also the first country in Europe to shut down its soccer league on March 9.
Serie A is resuming this weekend with four catchup matches, in empty stadiums. Hellas Verona beat Cagliari 2-1 in the late match. On Sunday Atalanta hosts Sassuolo and Inter Milan welcomes Sampdoria.
In Turin, Juraj Kucka levelled for Parma in the 31st. Torino should have restored its advantage three minutes into the second half when it was awarded a penalty following a foul by Simone Iacoponi on Simone Edera. � AP