Nemanja Matic: Manchester United star won't wear poppy due to bombing memories

    Nemanja Matic (left) opted not to wear a poppy as Manchester United beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

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    • Matic opts not to wear poppy
    • Man Utd star says it reminds him of childhood attack

    (CNN)Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has explained isn't wearing a poppy on his shirt because it reminds him of his childhood when the former Yugoslavia was bombed in a NATO-air campaign that lasted 78 days in 1999.

    Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, English football teams' kits include a poppy on the center of their shirts. Poppies have long been used as a symbol to remember those killed in conflict, particularly during the two world wars that consumed Europe during the last century.