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Hillsborough cop sorry for ‘misleading the court’

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2427

A former police superintendent has admitted misleading the court during fresh inquests relating to the Hillsborough disaster. Roger Marshall told the jury last week, “I offer my unreserved apology for misleading the court.”

Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of a crush at Sheffield’s Hillsborough stadium in April 1989. Marshall was on duty at the Leppings Lane end of the ground on the day.

He previously gave evidence to the inquests on 2 and 8 October where he contrasted football games to rugby league matches. He said there was less potential for “public order” issues at rugby league, which he described as a “family game”.

Marshall described policing a rugby league semi-final at Hillsborough on Boxing Day in 1989. He said just 12 officers successfully policed a 27,500-strong crowd with no trouble.

In fact Marshall did not police the match—and it wasn’t played at Hillsborough.

The inquests will resume on Monday of next week.

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