Moise Kean's story shows the far right haunts Italy's football stadiums

On Saturday, Moise Kean - a 19-year-old footballer born in Italy to Ivorian parents - scored his fifth goal in five games playing for the country's biggest team, Juventus, and its national team. The most exciting player to burst on to the Italian football scene for years, Kean should have enjoyed an uncomplicated moment of adulation. Instead, he was put in his place.

In a previous goal celebration at Cagliari the week before, Kean had responded to racist abuse from fans by standing stock still, arms spread wide and palms upwards. His face wasn't vengeful: He appeared peaceful through the sweat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'Moise Kean's story shows the far right haunts Italy's football stadiums'. Print Edition | Subscribe