Neutral Japan fans who went to Qatar vs Ecuador stay behind to clean stadium

Japanese fans were seen helping clean the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday evening after Qatar's opening World Cup clash with Ecuador.

The country has already received plaudits at past tournaments, after staying behind after clashes to clean up the stadium, and that pattern has continued in Qatar with footage showing the good work done. A man in the video can be heard saying: "Someone convince me that this is normal.

"The Japanese fans decided to clean the stadium. It’s not even their match! When I asked them, ‘Why are you cleaning something not related to you?’ The answer was, ‘Japanese never leave rubbish behind us. We respect the place'."

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In 2018, after losing in the final seconds of their World Cup knockout clash against Belgium, Japanese fans stayed behind after the full-time whistle to clean.

Japan-based journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC after that went viral: "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."

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Japan won't open their World Cup account until Wednesday (November 23) when they face Germany – who will be looking to bounce back after two poor tournaments.

That clash will be followed by fixtures against Costa Rica and Spain in a tricky group.


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