Paul Pogba Man United
Paul Pogba Man United

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower that has been used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war, and represents a common or field poppy.

And the poppy has been symbolic with football in England with playing wearing the iconic flower on their shirts in order to commemorate Remembrance Day.

But every often than not, some players refuse to wear the poppy for some reason.

And the latest player to join the list is Manchester United midfielder, Nemanja Matic.

The midfielder wrote a lengthy post on social media explaining in detail why he will not be wearing the Remembrance Poppy.

Nemanja Matic wrote: “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.”

Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic

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