Give goalkeepers helmets: Lehmann

The Arsenal star insists goalkeepers do not receive enough protection in the wake of Petr Cech’s fractured skull and the aerial collision that saw Chelsea’s substitute ‘keeper Carlo Cudicini knocked out and hospitalised at Reading last weekend.

Lehmann said: “I am thinking about wearing headgear to protect myself. It is inappropriate to make it obligatory for goalkeepers to wear headgear. However, if someone wants to wear one, I would understand that.”

FIFA regulations allow players to wear protective equipment, such as head guards.

Law 4 states: “As long as protective equipment like headgear is made of soft, lightweight padded material it is not considered to be dangerous.”

Inter Milan want Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been told by Inter Milan: “We want you”.

Inter owner Massimo Moratti has directly contacted Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

Inter chief Roberto Mancini is under pressure and faces the sack.

A source close to the Inter owner said: “Mr Moratti would love to have Jose Mourinho in as the manager of the club if Mancini goes. He is absolutely the first choice to become the new manager. Mr Moratti has already spoken with Jorge Mendes about this.”

Mega-rich Moratti would have no problem in matching Mourinho’s ‘5 million-a-year wages at Chelsea. Mourinho admitted he came close to walking away from Stamford Bridge last season and there was already speculation this could be his final year.

Planet Hollywood owner eyes Everton

The multi-millionaire owner of Planet Hollywood watched Everton beat Sheffield United 2-0 last weekend ‘ then vowed to bring the biggest names in showbiz to Goodison Park.

Robert Earl has ended years of bitter boardroom wrangling at Goodison ‘ ousting rebel director Paul Gregg by buying his stake and becoming the club’s second largest shareholder in a ’30 million deal.

The man who turned the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain into a world-famous brand promised to help bring fame, fortune ‘ and even a Planet Hollywood restaurant ‘ to Merseyside.

Bates caught in the act

Foul-mouthed Ken Bates has been caught on camera launching an outrageous f-word attack on his Leeds players, insisting: “They are s***!”

The Leeds chairman was filmed giving his X-rated rant to fans outside Elland Road.

The former Chelsea chief is seen storming: “If you look at the team we’ve got… I’m not gonna comment on individual players, that will not be fair. Look at the s*** we’ve got, but we’re stuck with ’em till the end of the season.

“So the first thing I gotta hope, is, please God, we’ll get to the play-offs. If not, we bloody stay in the Championship and get rid of all the s***.”

Make racists suffer

Kieron Dyer believes the only way racism will be stamped out of the game is if shock tactics are applied to clubs with bigoted fans.

Which means deducting points, disqualifying teams from tournaments and closing grounds.

Earlier this month England Under-21 star Anton Ferdinand was allegedly subjected to racial insults by German players, and recently Blackburn’s Benni McCarthy said he was taunted in Poland.

Dyer (27) is backing Kick It Out’s “week of action” against racism, which runs for two weeks.

Becks heartbroken

David Beckham has revealed the heartbreak he is enduring after being snubbed by his club and his country.

And the 31-year-old star has warned Real Madrid that he is “unhappy” and “frustrated” under boss Fabio Capello.

Becks has admitted for the first time that until he is restored to the side so that those feelings change, a new contract is likely to stay unsigned.

He said: “I feel frustrated as a footballer. I’m not playing for England or Madrid, but I’ve only missed five games of the season so far. I go over it again and again and can’t find an explanation. I can’t understand why.”

Gerrard: United’s missing link

Manchester United need one player if they are to beat Chelsea in the race for the Premiership ‘ Steven Gerrard.

That’s the view of Old Trafford legend Bryan Robson, who believes Sir Alex Ferguson is still searching for his missing link in midfield.

Robson, the original human dynamo of United’s modern era, began a tradition of inspirational leaders at the heart of Fergie’s midfield that was followed by Paul Ince and Roy Keane.

But the supply has dried up ‘ and Robson says Liverpool captain Gerrard is one of the few players in the world with the ability to step into any of those players’ legendary boots.

Wright-Phillips wants out

Shaun Wright-Phillips is set to leave Chelsea when the transfer window opens in January.

The England international has become disillusioned with life at Stamford Bridge, where he believes a lack of first-team opportunities cost him a place in the World Cup squad in the summer.

The 25-year-old has never completed 90 minutes for Chelsea following his ’21 million move from Manchester City 15 months ago.

Chelsea won the race to sign the adopted son of former England and Arsenal star Ian Wright, despite competition from several top clubs.

Tottenham headed the queue for him when it was clear that City would have to sell their prize asset, and they ere joined by Liverpool and Newcastle.

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