The man in charge of policing inside Hillsborough stadium on the day of the 1989 tragedy told a jury he did not know what the arrangements were for stopping fans going into the central Leppings Lane pens once they were full.
Former superintendent Roger Greenwood told the new inquests into the tragedy the instruction was to let fans ‘find their own level’.
Jason Beer, representing Sheffield Wednesday FC at the inquests, showed the jury evidence Mr Greenwood gave to the Taylor Inquiry, held after the disaster.
Mr Beer said: “You told Lord Justice Taylor that even though you were the ground commander, you did not know what the arrangements were for preventing further spectators entering pens three and four if they became full, didn’t you?”
Mr Greenwood said: “Yes.”
When asked why he didn’t know Mr Greenwood said: “Well, specifically, because it was find your own level.”
Mr Beer said: “But there was still a police responsibility to do things, even if the fans had to try and find their own level, wasn’t there?”
Mr Greenwood said: “Yes.
“One doesn’t just stand by if pens become full and the ‘find your own level’ is not working because the gangways are not clear at the back, one takes flexible response action. “And I would have taken that action had I been in that position, if they were full.”
The jury heard evidence given to the Taylor Inquiry by late ex superintendent Bernard Murray, which was read to the court.
He was in charge of the police control room and advised superintendent David Duckenfield.
He said after the exit gates opened he did not see an influx of spectators in pens three and four.
The hearing continues.