We all know football fans like to have a good time, so when something like the World Cup rolls around, it’s to be expected some people are going to really enjoy themselves.
And though we’ve all heard the horror stories of hooligans running riot through the streets and clashing with rival supporters in foreign cities, it takes an even bigger football fan to show respect for the stadium and city they’re in.
Following their dramatic 2-1 win over Poland yesterday, (June 19), a portion of Senegal supporters stayed behind in the stadium to help clean up the mess which had been left.
As Poland fans fled the stadium, disappointed with their team’s performance, the other side rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help with the clean-up.
Their actions have been praised on social media, with some people calling it a mark of respect how other nations in the tournament should behave.
One person tweeted:
Senegal fans cleaning up their part of the stadium after their victory against Poland is the best thing you’ll see today.
Senegal fans cleaning up their part of the stadium after their victory against Poland is the best thing you’ll see today??? pic.twitter.com/nhojG0CHaU
— PF | World Cup? (@PurelyFootball) June 19, 2018
One Nigeria fan, tagging his own national side, tweeted:
@NGSuperEagles if this will bring victory please sweep the whole football field before the game.
@NGSuperEagles If this will bring victory pls sweep the whole football field before the game
— Igbokwe gabriel? (@Gabexgology) June 19, 2018
However, Senegal aren’t the only conscientious country, as some of Japan’s fans also stayed behind after their match against Colombia to clean up.
— Mothership.sg (@MothershipSG) June 19, 2018
Undoubtedly a great way to celebrate your team’s victory and to help the environment.
However, what might not be a great way to help the environment, is celebrating so much you literally cause an earthquake, which is exactly what happened when Mexico scored against Germany in their group match.
Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano completed an earth trembling counter-attacking move in the 35th minute, which was enough to give his side a victory over the Germans, the reigning champions.
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The timing of the earthquake – 11.32am local time – lined up neatly with 22-year-old Lozano’s perfect first-half goal, and is thought to be due to supporters jumping up and down in celebration.
Fortunately, no damage was caused as a result of this very small earthquake, however it certainly shows the ground-moving enthusiasm of Mexico’s fans.
— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) June 17, 2018
This bizarre phenomenon was noted by SIMMSA – the organisation which monitors and analyses Mexico’s seismic activity.
Tweeting after the goal, SIMMSA said:
Earthquake detected in Mexico City during the goal by the national team in the World Cup.
The organisation then clarified this was an ‘artificial earthquake:’
The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially. Possibly by massive jumps during the goal of the Mexico team in the World Cup.
At least two sensors inside the City detected it.
Mexico are the very first squad to defeat Germany in a World Cup opener since Algeria’s 1982 victory.
Germany were among the favourites to win the tournament and have reached at least the semi-final at every World Cup since 2002 but got off to the worst possible start in Group F.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.