David Duckenfield’s promotion weeks before disaster was not questioned, trial told

The match commander of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough at which 96 people were killed was “assessed as being competent” when promoted to the position by South Yorkshire police and “expected to deal with everything from day one”, his manslaughter trial has been told.

The decision by the chief constable, Peter Wright, to appoint David Duckenfield as chief superintendent of the division that included Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground 19 days before the semi-final was not questioned by any senior officer, the court heard.

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