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Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield will go on trial

The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster David Duckenfield will face trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football supporters, a judge has ruled.

The decision to prosecute the former chief superintendent was made by Sir Peter Openshaw at Preston Crown Court who lifted a stay on his prosecution.

An order preventing him being tried was imposed 18 years ago.

Four other men will also face trial on charges related to Hillsborough.

In his ruling on Friday, the judge said: "In respect of the defendant David Duckenfield I lift the stay.

"I confirm that I grant the voluntary bill of indictment to allow prosecution against for manslaughter to proceed."

Mr Duckenfield, 73, was match commander at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when 96 Liverpool fans were fatally injured in a crush in the terrace pens.

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