Matic explained the Englishmen why he didn't wear the poppy flower in the emotional message: You have destroyed my country... (PHOTO)

Manchester United football player asked the fans to understand his personal decision

Nemanja Matic has been in the center of the focus of English media after the weekend and the game Bournemouth - Manchester United, where he refused to wear the poppy flower on his jersey, a symbol which pays a tribute to the fallen Briton soldiers during the Remembrance Day.

Matic, as Telegraf already published, said in the locker rook that he won't wear that symbol, which is a reminder of the Bombing of Serbia in 1999 where British soldiers participated, even if he has to leave Old Trafford and England. 

Here is his entire message: 

Foto: Tanjug/AP/Mark Kerton

- I recognize 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.

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Tags: Bombing 1999, Britain, British, England, Manchester United, NATO, NATO Aggression, nemanja matić, Poppy flower, Premier League, Remembrance day, Serbia, War
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