Cowardly matador arrested for not feeling bullish
Published 16/06/2010 | 05:00
A Mexican matador was arrested for breaching his contract after losing his nerve and running from the bullring.
Christian Hernandez dropped his red cape and ran from the charging bull during an event at the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City on Sunday.
The 22-year-old vaulted over the protective wall at the side of the ring as the crowd hooted and whistled in derision.
He was briefly persuaded back into the bullring by organisers but gave up before coming face to face with a half-tonne beast and skulked from the ring a second time.
He was arrested after the bullfight following complaints by organisers that he had breached his contract. He was later released after paying a fine.
Mr Hernandez, who was gored in the leg during a bullfight several months ago, admitted that he lost his nerve and would now retire from bullfighting.
"There are some things you must be aware of about yourself," he said. "I didn't have the ability, I didn't have the balls." (© Daily Telegraph, London)