Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

James Rodríguez

A number of clips capturing the post-match clean-up, after the majority of fans had left the stadium, were posted and shared on social media, earning the Japanese supporters widespread praise and high fives from the few remaining Colombia supporters, sporting the nation's striking yellow colours. They're not alone in promoting clean spectating: Senegalese fans have also been spotted indulging their tidying-up tendencies during this year's competition; the two teams face each other on Sunday, virtually ensuring a spick-and-span stadium afterward.

One video showed hordes of fans in blue jerseys throwing trash into garbage bags.

The Egyptian team had been playing against Uruguay when the photo was taken, and despite how the spectators were only watching the game on a screen at the Federation Internationale de Football Association fan zone in Moscow, they were still more than happy to carry the disabled man on their shoulders.

"I'm certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup", he said.

Japan bested Colombia before Senegal beat Poland in separate Group H matches on Tuesday.

He said: "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture".

Scott North, a professor at Osaka University in Japan, explained that Japanese citizens were taught from a young age to clean up after themselves at all times.

"Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviors that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways", North told the BBC.

"But their fans instead of celebrating minutes after the game are responsible for cleaning their sector before leaving #Respect".

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