World Cup matches are taken at a personal level by the fans. Similarly, the defeats and wins are also considered a personal matter. The defeats are always followed by gloomy faces and disappointment by the fans. Whereas, wins are marked by jubilant behavior and excitement. Amidst this happiness and excitement, fans tend to create a huge lot of mess around the sitting area of stadium. But this trend was given a jolt by the Japan and Senegal Football Fans at the FIFA 2018. After their team won, instead of enjoying and partying like a king, the fans sitting in the stadium were found cleaning the trash up!
The aftermath of the Japan-Colombia match showed Japanese fans carrying plastic bin bags, cleaning their portion of the stadium.
Japanese fans help clean up the stadium after their #WorldCup match against Colombia.
Touch of class. 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/iteIq8juXY
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) June 20, 2018
Similarly, Senegal fans were spotted clearing up the litter after the match came to an end.
#TyCSportsMundial Senegal consiguió un triunfo histórico. Pero sus hinchas en lugar de festejar a minutos de terminado el partido, se encargan de limpiar su sector antes de retirarse. #RESPECT. pic.twitter.com/RiKovpfmoT
— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) June 19, 2018
Senegal became the first African team to win a match in the 2018 World Cup. The 2-1 win versus Poland sent a wave of victory amongst the fans seating in the stadium. And fans put their best reaction on display. They did celebrated and enjoyed. And between this enjoyment they surely littered the stadium. But they did not forget to clean up before leaving!
Japanese Football Journalist
Scott McIntyre told BBC, while talking about the Japanese culture
“It’s not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture. You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that’s the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football.”
McIntyre, further shared that this cleaning up habit is drilled in all Japanese since they are taught about it at a very young age. And such scenes happen regularly in matches in Japan!
Respect and Praise
The world has gone crazy over this respectful gesture. And Japan and Senegal Football Fans are receiving a lot of appraise over it:
— 『Jay』 🅙 (@FreddoAkh) June 19, 2018
— wingga ❼ (@mochwingga) June 20, 2018
— Chino (@dr_chino_ram) June 19, 2018
Win or lose, Japan and Senegal Football Fans have stolen everyone’s hearts and have already been crowned the winner of World Cup 2018 in everyone’s hearts!