Japan proved their good sportsmanship by cleaning changing rooms and bowing to fans after being knocked out of the World Cup yesterday.
Japan’s team and supporters have proved charming and polite throughout the whole World Cup tournament, with fans cleaning up the stadium after their team’s games, and showing up to support Japan in full costume.
Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing any more of this after Japan’s 2-3 loss to Belgium yesterday, which knocked them out of the last-16 and the World Cup.
Rather than leaving the stadium bitter and disappointed, Japan stayed as delightful as ever and did some final cleaning up and thanking of their fans before heading home from the tournament.
In a heartwarming display, Japan’s team remained on the pitch to bow to their dedicated fans after the defeat.
They also cleaned their team’s changing rooms in Russia, and left a thank you note written in the hosting country’s language.
#SAYONARA: This is the #Japan team’s dressing room after they lost to Belgium in the 94th minute at the #FIFA World Cup. They even left behind a note with “thank you” in #Russian.
(Photo: Twitter/Priscilla Janssens, FIFA coordinator) pic.twitter.com/HnnW5L47eW
— Mahesh Madusanka 🇱🇰❤️🇯🇵 (@MaheshNegombo) July 3, 2018
Continuing to set an example for World Cup fans everywhere, Japan’s fans followed suit and made sure the stadium was once again spotless following the game, just as they did after their game against Columbia.
Japanese fans clean up stadium after Columbia loses 1-2 to Japan in World Cup 2018 https://t.co/4MsPCdCsaDpic.twitter.com/vx9eAXQ2AC
— Mothership.sg (@MothershipSG) June 19, 2018
Japan may be out of the World Cup, but they’re definitely winners for their behaviour.
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