Nemanja Matic

Matic (sixth from left) lines up with his United team-mates before the match at Bournemouth.

Nemanja Matic says he will not wear a poppy on his Manchester United shirt because it reminds him of when his village was bombed when he was 12.

The bombing, in 1999, was part of a Nato-led offensive to drive out Serbian forces from Kosovo.

Matic was the only United player not wearing a poppy during their 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Serb, 30, released a statement on Instagram in which he said he respected the right of people to wear poppies.

But he said he would again not wear one for this weekend's Manchester derby, which will take place on Remembrance Sunday.

In his statement, Matic said: "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.

"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 Royal British Legion said "the decision to wear the poppy must be a matter of personal choice".

Elsewhere, the Football Association has warned Stoke City's James McClean over his use of an offensive word in a social media post after he was abused by a section of the crowd for not wearing a poppy during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.

The 29-year-old described some of the Championship club's fans as "uneducated cavemen".

information taken from the BBC site

Write a comment


Security code
Update

Tennis News

Serena Williams: my big sister, mentor & boss - hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins

Serena Williams: my big sister, mentor & boss - hitting partner Jarmere Jenkins

Просмотров 45 Просмотров

He thought it was a joke, but the offer was a serious…

Spain arrests 15 people in tennis match-fixing investigation

Spain arrests 15 people in tennis match-fixing investigation

Просмотров 45 Просмотров

Law enforcement officials in Spain have arrested 15 people in an investigation…

Australian Open 2019: Kyle Edmund pulls out of Sydney International with knee injury

Australian Open 2019: Kyle Edmund pulls out of Sydney International with knee injury

Просмотров 38 Просмотров

Edmund reached the Australian Open semi-finals last year and reached the world's…

Boris Becker says he is not going to be Simona Halep's new coach

Boris Becker says he is not going to be Simona Halep's new coach

Просмотров 63 Просмотров

Becker helped Djokovic complete the career Grand Slam in 2016. German great Boris…