Nemanja Matic Reveals Why He Didn’t Wear A Poppy During Arsenal Loss

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Premier League players have poppies stitched into their jerseys over the next couple of weeks for Remembrance Sunday next week.

However, Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic decided not to wear a poppy on his shirt during Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.

For those wondering why the Serbian midfielder didn’t wear a poppy on his jersey, he gave a reason for that two years ago.

“I recognise fully why people wear poppies,” Matic said.

“I totally respect everyone’s right to do so and I have total sympathy for anyone who has lost loved ones due to conflict.

“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.

“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.

“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.”