Reports have surfaced that Hristo Stoichkov is in trouble after the Chicago Fire's 15th anniversary party. The former player is being investigated by police for allegedly hitting a Bulgarian journalist. Svetlozar Momchilov claims that Hristo Stoichkov punched him during the party because he requested an interview. The Chicago Fire have declined to comment on the case, but police have confirmed the investigation.
Hristo Stoichkov at the Anniversary Party
Hristo Stoichkov was one of the many players invited to the Chicago Fire's 15th anniversary party on Oct. 8 at the Chicago History Museum. The allegations that he punched a reporter surfaced on Oct. 11. The team has not provided any insight on the case, but photographs from the party show Stoichkov smiling and mingling with fans.
In a photograph from the 15th anniversary party, Denis Hamlett is shown holding hands with Hristo Stoichkov. No one from the team or the supporters' group has confirmed the allegations of Svetlozar Momchilov who claims Hamlett punched him with his fist at the party because he dared to ask for an interview.
Hristo Stoichkov's Past and Present
Hristo Stoichkov played for the Chicago Fire from 2000 to 2002 and is currently a coach for the Litex Lovech, a Bulgarian team. Svetlozar Momchilov is the editor-in-chief of a Bulgarian newspaper that is based in the U.S. It is not known if the former soccer player and journalist have had previous altercations. Hristo Stoichkov has denied the allegations in a report published by Novinite.com and claims, "He is dreaming that I hit him."
Stoichkov is considered a Fire legend and is widely admired in Bulgaria for his contributions to the sport. However, he has been involved in a series of scandals this year. Hristo Stoichkov has previously stated that match fixing was occurring at games, so Bulgaria's Chief Directorate for Combatting Organized Crime was interested in interviewing him. Bulgaria's teams have been linked to the mafia with money laundering schemes reported by investigators. Hristo Stoichkov has also been involved in tax evasion rumors, but he has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and has stated he would donate money to charities.
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