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Webb: Referees would accept goal-line technology at Euro 2012

Webb: Referees would accept goal-line technology at Euro 2012

Official says extra assistants that are to be used in Poland and Ukraine are a "big positive" while Pierluigi Collina is confident the refereeing will be of a high standard

Premier League referee Howard Webb has admitted he would be happy to use goal-line technology if it were to be introduced at Euro 2012.

Speaking at a meeting of match-day officials in Poland, Webb insisted that the extra officials that are to be used would be a "big positive" but stated his belief that the game as it is should not be too radically changed.

Webb said: “Of course at the moment we don’t know whether technology will come into the game, the decision has not been made, so we’ll see which way that goes.

"Whatever tools that are given to me and my colleagues as referees, we’ll use them I guess to the full to enhance our performances.

"At the moment in the Euro 2012 finals we have the additional assistants which is a big positive and I’m looking forward to working with those experienced and talented officials to enhance our performance in those games.

"Then whatever happens after this tournament we will see, and it’s for the people to decide and we will work with whichever tools are given to us.

“We need to be careful of the game, the game as it’s played at the moment, is not changed too much and that people take care going forward I guess.”

Head of referees for the Football Federation of Ukraine, former Serie A official Pierluigi Collina, was confident looking ahead to the tournament, and believes an experienced pool of referees will produce good results at the championships.

Collina said at the meeting: “We are here to make the referees ready, ready for the competition. I think the referees who are selected here are referees who are very much experienced.

“They come from important domestic competitions so they are used to refereeing important games in their countries. They’ve refereed many Uefa club competitions and Uefa national team competitions last year so they have very big experience. They are ready to face any kind of pressure.”

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