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Nemanja Matic explains decision not to wear poppy in Manchester United’s win at Bournemouth | Football News

Last Updated: 05/11/18 1:57pm

Nemanja Matic did not wear a poppy in Manchester United's game with Bournemouth

Nemanja Matic did not wear a poppy in Manchester United's game with Bournemouth

Nemanja Matic did not wear a poppy in Manchester United’s game with Bournemouth

Nemanja Matic has released a statement on his Instagram account explaining why he did not wear a poppy on his shirt during Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Matic was a child in Serbia during the Balkan conflict and despite having worn a poppy in the past, he has explained why he no longer does so.

“I recognise fully why people wear poppies, I totally respect everyone’s right to do so and I have total sympathy for anyone who has lost loved ones due to conflict,” the 30-year-old wrote.

“However, for me it is only a reminder of an attack that I felt personally as a young, frightened 12-year old boy living in Vrelo, as my country was devastated by the bombing of Serbia in 1999.

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“Whilst I have done so previously, on reflection I now don’t feel it is right for me to wear the poppy on my shirt.

“I do not want to undermine the poppy as a symbol of pride within Britain or offend anyone, however, we are all a product of our own upbringing and this is a personal choice for the reasons outlined.

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“I hope everyone understands my reasons now that I have explained them and I can concentrate on helping the team in the games that lie ahead.”

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