Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov's cancer is the outcome of the nuclear radiation from the Chernobyl disaster, according to his national Bulgarian team doctor, Dr Mihail Iliev.
Dr Iliev revealed that radiation in the northern area of Montana where he grew up was 1,000 to 1,300 above normal levels, but leaders of the former Communist state did not tell the population about this danger as they harvested vegetables.
"It was in the late spring, the population was eating fresh radioactive vegetables and other foods. Many people who were kids back then suffered cancer because of this," The Sun quoted Dr Iliev, as saying.
"We called them The Chernobyl Kids. Most were born in the same region as Stiliyan," he added.
Chernobyl is just 650 miles from Bulgaria's capital Sofia, and Dr Iliev believes Petrov is suffering from cancer due to the lack of information.
"There are no other cases of such illness in this family, that is why I think Stiliyan is a victim of the old communist regime's lack of information when the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded, and the radioactive cloud came to our country," he said. (ANI)