Tributes to brave Klas

Klas Ingesson, ex-SWFC player in his management days.
Klas Ingesson, ex-SWFC player in his management days.
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Players and fans have paid tribute to former Sheffield Wednesday star Klas Ingesson, who has died from bone marrow cancer aged 46.

The Swedish international, part of his country’s third placed team in the 1994 World Cup, was diagnosed with the disease in 2009.

Klas Ingesson playing for Sheffield Wednesday

Klas Ingesson playing for Sheffield Wednesday

His courage in continuing to be manager of Swedish team Elfsborg despite being in a wheelchair won him admiration.

Ingesson was signed by the Owls in 1994 and made 21 appearances for the club before being sold two years later for £1 million to Italian Serie A side Bari.

He was capped 57 times by his country and also played for Gothenburg, PSV Eindhoven and Marseilles.

Chris Waddle, part of the Wednesday team at the time, said it was a pity Owls fans had not seen Klas at his best.

“He was a good lad in the changing room but it took him time to settle into English football,” he said.

“He was an imposing figure, more like a big Russian than a Swede, and he had a good sense of humour. When he came in he’d wear these dodgy white socks - Sheridan and I used to cut the toes off and he soon got the message!

“Klas’ best game for us was a sweeper, he really showed what a good player he was. Then two games later we sold him. His death is a sad loss.”

Fan Laura Jones said: “Sad news – he fought his cancer and continued to manage until the end.”

Lee Lucas on Twitter added: “I saw him play many times, taken too early. It’s a cruel world we live in.”

Last season Ingesson said he did not want Elfsborg fans talking about his cancer.

He said: “It is every person’s right to be judged by who you are and what you do, not because you have an illness or a handicap.”