The Chicago Fire turned fifteen years old this week (congrats, Fire). Naturally, the club and its fans invited back notable alumni to celebrate the momentous occasion at a fancy shindig at a Chicago Museum. Among the Fire’s esteemed alums is Hristo Stoichkov, former Barcelona man and one-time European Player of the Year. Hristo was invited, and Hristo came. And then Hristo punched a guy, because he’s Hristo.
If you know Hristo, you are Jack’s Supreme Lack of Surprise.
Police in Chicago have placed former European Footballer of the Year Hristo Stoichkov under investigation for allegedly assaulting a journalist, Bulgarian media reported on Wednesday.
Trud daily said a Chicago police officer confirmed they had received a complaint from Svetlozar Momchilov, owner of the U.S.- based newspaper Bulgaria Now, adding that the charge was listed as battery.
Momchilov was quoted as saying he was punched by Stoichkov during Chicago Fire soccer club’s 15th anniversary party at the Chicago History Museum on Monday, after asking him for an interview.
Back in 2006, Hristo was sued by a former college player suffering from complications relating to a broken leg Hristo gave him in a friendly in 2003 while Stoichkov was a member of D.C. United. This is how Hristo rolls.
I’m actually hoping for some sordid back story on the museum incident, considering that the punchee is a Bulgarian national. Perhaps there’s history there, and Stoichkov was paying Momchilov back for that one time in Sofia when Momchilov spilled tripe soup all over Hristo’s white linen suit.