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Nemanja Matic Didn't Wear A Poppy Vs Spurs, Has Given An Explanation For Reason Why

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Nemanja Matic Didn't Wear A Poppy Vs Spurs, Has Given An Explanation For Reason Why

Nemanja Matic didn't wear a poppy vs Spurs on Saturday, continuing to do so out of personal choice.

The Serbian midfielder was a second half substitute for Manchester United in their much-needed 3-0 away win in North London and laid on an assist for Marcus Rashford's goal.

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Matic entered the fray with around 15 minutes remaining and unlike, the rest of the players involved in the game, did not have a poppy sowed into his shirt.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

For a number of years now, Premier League players have worn poppies near to and on Remembrance Sunday in the month of November in addition to observing a minute's silence before games.

Matic did initially but decided to stop doing so a few years back - his reason being because of a bombing which occurred in the village he lived in when he was 12 years old in his native Serbia.

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"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," Matic explained in a statement.

"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.

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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."

The Royal British Legion have previously said that the decision to wear a poppy is a matter of personal choice.

Featured Image Credit: Image: PA & Sky Sports

Topics: Nemanja Matic, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United

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