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Arsenal agree to pay Bolton fans' travel costs

Staff try to move snow from outside the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday
Wednesday's match was called off because of safety concerns

Arsenal will pay the travel costs of Bolton fans who made the trip to London for Wednesday's postponed Premier League game at the Emirates Stadium.

Bolton say they sold about 400 tickets for the trip to north London, but the match was called off less than five hours before kick-off after heavy snow.

The pitch was playable but there were safety issues affecting fans and concerns about transport.

Arsenal insist they did all they could but will pay the costs as a gesture.

Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis said: "You never take a decision to postpone a game lightly and at the same time you owe a responsibility to try to get the game on if you can.

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"We were in touch with the Met Office throughout the week and throughout the day and we were absolutely confident that the game would be able to go off based on those reports.

"Unfortunately, things changed and it just was not possible to make a decision responsibly in mid-afternoon to go ahead with the game on a safe basis."

A revised date for the fixture will be announced in due course.



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