Hillsborough official witheld tickets due to safety concerns

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A senior Sheffield Wednesday official twice withheld 250 tickets from sale for big matches prior to the Hillsborough disaster because of safety and public disorder fears.

Ex-club secretary Richard Chester said he took the initiative himself because the club had not revised its maximum capacity for the Leppings Lane end after the terrace was divided into three pens.

Ninety-six fans died in the crush after overcrowding in the Leppings Lane terrace at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.


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