By Chris Harris
 
Arsène Wenger believes that fewer football matches would be postponed if society was not "guided by fear".
 
Snow has swept through Britain since the New Year, forcing a number of fixtures to be called off, including Arsenal's Premier League clash with Bolton.
 
Wenger admitted that a mid-afternoon snow-storm had rendered the Emirates Stadium pitch unplayable on Wednesday. However, icy conditions outside the ground were also responsible for the postponement.
 
Under-soil heating can often overcome wintry conditions on the pitch. But Wenger feels that health and safety issues outside the ground are harder to solve.
 
"Personally I know only the inside of the stadiums - I don't know the surroundings well enough," he said.
 
"But I must say it is the price we pay for living in a society with 100 per cent security. Nobody accepts any risk any more and everybody is always guided by fear.

"If one of 60,000 people has an accident, you feel very guilty and nobody accepts anymore that the slightest insecurity could exist in our society and that's why the games are postponed when there is no real need for it.
 
"We have gone from individual initiative to collective responsibility. That means any single accident that happens to any individual, we are collectively responsible for it. When you organise a football game, you have to stand up for that."

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