Japan were, yesterday, knocked out of the ongoing Fifa World Cup in Russia when a late goal from Nacer Chadli in the 94th minutes sealed a 3-2 comeback victory for Belgium.
However, they have been hailed as ‘an example for all teams’ after showing a class of sportsmanship despite suffering defeat in the hands of Belgium at the Rostov Arena.
As revealed by FIFA general coordinator Priscilla Janssens on Twitter, Japan’s squad left the tournament on a high note. They left after leaving dressing room spotlessly clean with a note of thanks in Russian.
Sharing a picture of their spotless post-match dressing room, Janssens wrote: ‘This is the Japanese dressing room (sic) after losing to Belgium in the 94’ minute.
‘Thanked their fans in the stadium, cleaned up everything (bench and dressing room) and spoke to media. Even left note with ‘thank you’ in Russian.
‘What an example for all teams!! Privileged to work with’
Their fans were also pictured collecting rubbish in the stands after seeing their side lose to Belgium