Liverpool supporter ‘told to push back’ during Hillsborough disaster

Retired South Yorkshire Police superintendent Roger Marshall arrives at the Hillsborough Inquests.
Retired South Yorkshire Police superintendent Roger Marshall arrives at the Hillsborough Inquests.
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A football fan who fell unconscious in the crush of fans at the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield said police told supporters to push back against surges of movement.

Geoffrey Moody, a Chelsea fan who went to the semi-final with two friends, told the inquest he was pushed against the fence.

He said: “I and many others, including young girls as well, were screaming and almost crying, actually, to please open the gates, which we were doing for some considerable time, and we were just told by several officers just to push back.”

Former senior police officer on duty that day, Roger Marshall, said it was a mistake to remove the previous match commander Brian Mole from his post three weeks before the fateful FA cup semi final in 1989.

The hearings continue.