Japan and Senegal Supporters Filmed Cleaning World Cup Stadiums

Reuters

Reuters

Thus far, the World Cup has been hard to predict, with some of the best teams falling to underdogs and confounding the experts.

Videos and photos began surfacing on social media showing fans clearing rubbish from the stadium aisles and under seats.

Supporters of Senegal celebrate in the FIFA Fan Zone in Moscow after Senegal defeated Poland, 2-1, in the FIFA World Cup Group H preliminary round.

Japan coach Akira Nishino talked before the match of his worry about the "psychological impact" of Monday's quake which hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour, killing at least five people.

While we'd love to give the Senegalese fans all the credit here, we're going to have to be a tiny bit selfish, and claim that we may have had a slight influence on them.

Cisse however agrees that after five defeats in the six games featuring African teams, the hunt for glory could take some time. "Why I support Japan".

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Watch the Senegal fans tidy up after themselves here.

Japan-based soccer journalist Scott McIntyre is following the team across Russian Federation, and told the BBC such cleanliness is to be expected from the fans.

"You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture". It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.

"With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviors become habits for much of the population", he explained.

"What better place to make a statement about the need to care responsibly for the planet than the World Cup?" he asked.

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