Hillsborough club secretary ‘too busy for safety officer role’

David Duckenfield (left) and Graham Mackrell arrive at Preston Crown CourtImage copyright
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David Duckenfield (left) and Graham Mackrell are on trial at Preston Crown Court

The former club secretary of Sheffield Wednesday said he would be too busy to carry out the duties of a safety officer at Hillsborough, a court heard.

Former environmental health officer David Moore told Preston Crown Court Graham Mackrell said “he would be too busy entertaining corporate clients”.

Mr Mackrell, 69, was the club’s secretary and safety officer at the time of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

He denies breaching safety legislation.

Match commander at the 1989 FA Cup game David Duckenfield, 74, also denies 95 counts of gross negligence manslaughter.

Mr Moore, who worked for Sheffield City Council, told the court on Wednesday the club had been reluctant to appoint a safety officer, despite it being a requirement in stadium safety manual.

He said Mr Mackrell’s attitude was “flippant” when he discussed the need for an appointed safety officer at a “difficult” meeting in August 1987.

Mr Mackrell had told him he would take on the role, he said.

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The 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster

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