Nemanja Matic: Man Utd midfielder explains why he did not wear poppy

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.

In his statement, Matic said:

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