Even if you’re not crazy about sports, the World Cup often brings out the best stories of compassion and international peace.
And this year’s tournament in the Russian city of Sochi is no exception.
For starters, the Japanese fans have made headlines for continuing their practice of respectfully picking up trash and cleaning up stadiums after their games.
This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game. Why I support 🇯🇵 #class✅#respect✅#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FyYLhAGDbi— Christopher McKaig (@Coachmckaig) June 19, 2018
According to a translation of the video, the Colombian man filming the Japanese fans can be heard praising the nation’s culture and scolding his own people for not following their example.
However, a photo was later published to the World Cup Twitter page depicting Colombian and Mexican fans hoisting up an Egyptian man in a wheelchair so he can watch his team play.
The Egyptian team had been playing against Uruguay when the photo was taken, and despite how the spectators were only watching the game on a screen at the FIFA fan zone in Moscow, they were still more than happy to carry the disabled man on their shoulders.
Colombia & Mexico fans lift up an Egyptian fan in a wheelchair in the fanzone so he can watch his country play.— World Cup (@EPLBible) June 17, 2018
The Beautiful Game 👏❤️ pic.twitter.com/5jHc2f2KrX
Not to be outdone, the Senegalese fanbase took after the Japanese and started to clean up a stadium after their team’s historic win against Poland.
The World Cup 2018 Twitter page published video of the sweet gesture, saying that it was “the best thing you will see today.”
Senegal fans cleaning their section before leaving the stadium after their historic victory against Poland. This is class.— World Cup 2018 (@WCGoalz) June 19, 2018
The best thing you will see today. 👏🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/IBINok3PQE
Finally, the Mexican fanbase was hailed for winning hearts across the internet when they were photographed handing out sombreros to disabled Russians.
The gesture wasn’t just extended to fans in wheelchairs, either – according to GNN’s Russian correspondent, Timofey Yakovets, the sombreros were basically just being given to any person who shared their love for the World Cup.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing that the World Cup brings so many nations and people together and get to learn and exchange these kinds of things,” Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC. “That’s the beauty of football.”
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