“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.” (CNN)


“Xherdan Shaqiri has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for their Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade in Serbia “to avoid any distractions”.

Swiss footballer Shaqiri, 27, is an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, where a Serbian crackdown on the Albanian population resulted in a NATO military intervention in 1999.

After scoring for Switzerland against Serbia during this year’s World Cup, he celebrated by making a double-headed eagle gesture, which symbolises the Albanian flag.” (Sky News)