Further questioning of Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield revealed that he had been a Freemason at the time of the 1989 tragedy.
Duckenfield joined the Freemasons in 1975, had been part of the organisation for 14 years at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, becoming a Worshipful Master of his local lodge a year later, he told the court.
He said he did not know whether the chief constable of his force or other senior officers were masons because it was not seen as "acceptable" to be a senior policeman and a Freemason.
Rajiv Menon QC asked if his promotion to chief superintendent in March 1989, shortly before the match, was anything to do with his membership of the masons.
Mr Duckenfield replied: "I would not know but I would hope not. Nobody ever spoke to me about it."
ITV Granada reporter Andy Bonner is at the inquest:
Hillsborough match commander accepts his failure to close the tunnel was the direct cause of the death of 96 people in April 1989.
The police match commander at Hillsborough has said he thinks there was no conspiracy about the disaster.