Japanese fans once again showed the world just why they are considered to be one of the politest set of supporters in the world, after they were filmed cleaning up the Mordovia Arena in Saransk post their side’s 2-1 victory over Colombia in the World Cup.
The fans brought along large rubbish bags with them and once the game was over, they were seen marching through the rows picking up rubbish, leaving the place just as neat as they had found it.
This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game. Why I support 🇯🇵 #class✅#respect✅#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FyYLhAGDbi— Christopher McKaig (@Coachmckaig) June 19, 2018
This is not the first time that they have made headlines for such an initiative with the fans of the Samurai Blue displaying a similar amount of tidiness during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. It is well known that Japanese people are sticklers when it comes to cleanliness with Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre revealing that it is an integral part of their 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," he said to BBC.
At this edition, it seems like the Japanese have started a trend, as the Senegalese fans were later seen tidying up after themselves following their victory over Poland. The Blue Samurai no doubt get the vote for being the best fans at Russia and with Japan set to play two more games in Group H, expect to see more of such behaviour from their fans.