Qatar: Japanese fans in Qatar have been praised for their efforts in staying behind to help clean the stadium at the FIFA World Cup.
The opening match between Qatar and Ecuador ended in drama after fans exited the stadium before the final whistle as the South American outfit handed the host’s a 2-0 loss.
The gesture left locals stunned because Japan wasn’t even playing on an opening day.
The fans were dressed in their nation’s national colours as they went from row to row, picking up plastic bottles, paper cups and food packages.
Qatari influencer Omar Al-Farooq posted the video and appeared stunned at the gesture. “Someone convince me that this is normal,” Farooq said on his video.
Huge respects for the Japanese fans, what they did is amazing!
They literally clean up #Qatar stadium after World Cup match even though Japan team wasn't playing.
“We are Japanese, and we do not leave rubbish behind us, and we respect the place.” 😍
Video : Omar Al-Farooq pic.twitter.com/jKUSOmWHi2
— Alvin Foo (@alvinfoo) November 22, 2022
He approached the fans and asked why they were being so generous after a game in which there team wasn’t even playing.
“We are Japanese and we do not leave rubbish behind us and we respect the place,” one fan said.
The influencer also showed Japanese fans picking up the flags of Ecuador and Qatar after one of them claimed the symbols deserve respect.
While plenty has been said about the crowds in Qatar after four games, the Japanese fans received nothing but praise.