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Retrial of Hillsborough match commander due to begin in Preston

Ex-Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield denies manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool fans

The retrial of the police match commander at the Hillsborough disaster is due to start today.

Retired South Yorkshire Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield is accused of manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989.

The 75-year-old former officer denies the allegation.

His trial before judge Sir Peter Openshaw at Preston Crown Court is expected to last up to seven weeks.

The court is expected to assemble on Monday, with the prosecution case opening later in the week.

Ninety-six men, women and children died in the crush in pens at the Leppings Lane end of the Sheffield Wednesday ground at the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Mr Duckenfield is not charged in relation to the death of Tony Bland, the 96th victim.

That is because laws at the time prevented prosecution over a death more than 366 days after injuries were sustained. Mr Bland died in 1993.

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