Matic explain the reason behind of not wearing a poppy

Nemanja Matic said he will not wear a remembrance poppy due to his childhood in war torn Yugoslavia.

“I recognise fully why people wear poppies,” Matic wrote on his Instagram. “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 a reminder of an attack I felt personally as a young, frightened 12-y-o boy living in Vrelo, as my country was devastated by bombing in 1999.


“Whilst I have done so previously, on reflection I now don’t feel it is right for me to wear the poppy.

“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.”

Players wear remembrance poppies to commemorate those who lost their lives during warfare, and are sold by the Royal British Legion to support those who are currently serving in the armed forces and their families.