A Liverpool soccer shirt paying tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster is tied to a gate outside the club's Anfield stadium in Liverpool. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
A Liverpool soccer shirt paying tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster is tied to a gate outside the club's Anfield stadium in Liverpool. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
General view of the programme and a tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters
General view of the programme and a tribute to the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters
Liverpool fan holds up a banner in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool fan holds up a banner in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Reuters
General view of players and fans during a minutes applause in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Reuters
General view of players and fans during a minutes applause in memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims. Photo: Reuters
Louise Brooks and Donna Miller campaign for victims of the Hillsborough disaster at Parr Hall in Warrington. Photo: Reuters
Louise Brooks and Donna Miller campaign for victims of the Hillsborough disaster at Parr Hall in Warrington. Photo: Reuters

Four former senior policemen were among six people charged on Wednesday over the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster in England that killed 96 Liverpool football supporters.

"I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences," said Sue Hemming from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Former South Yorkshire Police officer David Duckenfield, who was the match commander on the day of the crush, was charged with "manslaughter by gross negligence."

"We will allege that David Duckenfield's failures to discharge his personal responsibility were extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the deaths of each of those 96 people who so tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives," said the CPS.

Former officer Norman Bettison was charged with four offences of misconduct in public office relating to "telling alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of fans."

A man and child view the flowers placed by the memorial outside Anfield soccer stadium for the 96 Liverpool fans who were killed in the Hillsborough soccer stadium. Photo: Reuters

Other officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster, along with SYP solicitor Peter Metcalf, were charged with intending "to pervert the course of public justice" by allegedly attempting to cover-up the police's culpability in the crush at the FA Cup semi-final.

Graham Mackrell, former secretary at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, whose Hillsborough ground hosted the match, faces three charges over safety failings at the stadium.