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Police probe incident involving Hristo Stoichkov at party for Fire

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Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichk

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Updated: November 12, 2012 12:05PM

Former Fire striker Hristo Stoichkov was placed under investigation by Chicago police after the Bulgarian allegedly assaulted a journalist at the Fire’s 15th anniversary party at the Chicago History Museum on Monday, Bulgarian media reported Wednesday.

The alleged victim is ­Svetlozar Momchilov, owner of the U.S.-based newspaper Bulgaria Now, according to multiple ­reports.

A police spokesperson could not confirm the specific parties involved since no arrest was made. However the spokesperson said that there was a report made on Monday concerning an alleged battery on the 1600 block of North Clark Street. The report alleges that the victim was attempting to interview an alleged offender when the offender struck the victim in the head with closed fists. The alleged victim is a 44-year old male.

Stoichkov is a coach with Bulgarian soccer club Litex Lovech and played for the Fire from 2000-2002.

The Fire provided publicity for the party, but the event was hosted by Section 8 Chicago, the Independent Supporters’ Association of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Many members of the Fire organization were in attendance. Proceeds benefited the Chicago Fire foundation.

The team had no comment regarding the incident.

Stoichkov is considered the best soccer player in the history of Bulgaria. He appeared in 52 regular-season games for the Fire, starting 28.

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