The Rio Report

Japanese react in fantastic manner following Ivory Coast defeat

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In any walk of life, defeat is often hard to take. It appears to be particularly the case with football fans.

Elation can soon become despair – and this can, on occasion, lead to some unsavoury behaviour.

This is not the case for fans of Japan though.

Having seen the Ivory Coast come from behind to beat Japan 2-1 in their first 2014 World Cup match, the Japanese fans at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil decided to clean up after themselves.

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There is a perfectly sensible explanation for this though – it is apparently standard practise in Japan after sporting events.

Fair play – even if it does seem a little bizarre for us here in Europe.

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