David Duckenfield gave no orders before or shortly after issuing command, court told

The South Yorkshire police officer in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough gave no orders before or for some time after he ordered a large exit gate to be opened to alleviate a crush outside, his trial for manslaughter heard.

David Duckenfield, the newly promoted chief superintendent in charge of the semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, did not discuss “what the consequences might be” of opening the gate, said Michael Goddard, a former sergeant, who was in the police control box.

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