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Matic’s reasons for not wearing a poppy as fans spot absence on Man Utd shirt

Eagle-eyed Manchester United fans noticed his shirt was slightly different from his teammates on the touchline as the midfielder was preparing to come on against Tottenham

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Nemanja Matic has already explained why he didn’t have a poppy on his Manchester United shirt against Tottenham.

The midfielder came on as a second-half substitute in place of Bruno Fernandes to see out the victory against Tottenham as he assisted Marcus Rashford’s goal to seal the 3-0 win.

And eagle-eyed fans noticed his shirt was slightly different from his teammates on the touchline as he was preparing to come on.

With Remembrance Sunday two weeks away, the Premier League have started paying their respects by including poppies on players’ jerseys.

But Matic choose not to have one on his kit, a decision he made three years ago.



Bruno Fernandes is substituted for Nemanja Matic for Manchester United vs Tottenham
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The 33-year-old revealed that his choice not to wear one is because it acts as a reminder of the bombing of Serbia in 1999, something that he was personally affected by as a child.

Matic wrote on Instagram : “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.



Nemanja Matic choose not to wear a poppy on his Manchester United shirt vs Tottenham
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“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.”

The British Legion’s Poppy Appeal have always said that “It’s a matter of personal choice whether someone chooses to wear a poppy and how they choose to wear it.”


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