Ex-Hillsborough safety officer laid blame for crush on poor policing

Graham Mackrell’s defence denied there were too few turnstiles – seven for 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing tickets

The conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989, is the first criminal or disciplinary finding against anybody in relation to the deaths of 96 people at the FA Cup semi-final that day between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Mackrell, a qualified accountant who began his rise in football as the administrative secretary of his local club Bournemouth in 1974, appears never to have suffered a career problem over the 30 years since he was the safety officer of Hillsborough.

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