Videos of Japanese and Senegalese fans cleaning up after their respective World Cup matches have impressed football fans around the world.

Both teams overcame their adversaries, Colombia and Poland, by a score of two to one. But rather than rush out to celebrate the victories, delighted fans of the two teams instead began filling bin bags with litter and left behind in the stands.

“Look at these Japan fans,” a Colombian supporter said as he filmed them gathering rubbish. “Can you believe it? Look at their sense of civic duty. It’s fantastic,” he enthused.

Could this positive example carry over to supporters of other teams, with post-match football fan clean-ups becoming a more regular feature of the sport?

What appears certain is that the Ekaterinburg Arena promises to be exceptionally clean on June 24, when Japan faces Senegal in the second game of group H.

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