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Bullfighter relieved that "no serious damage was done" after losing testicle

James Badcock in Madrid

Published 10/06/2015 | 02:30

Spanish assistant bullfighter Marco Galan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
Spanish assistant bullfighter Marco Galan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
Spanish assistant bullfighter Marco Galan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

Marco Galán, a bullfighter who lost a testicle after being gored at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring, said yesterday he was relieved that "no serious damage had been done".

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Mr Galán, a banderillero, was caught by a bull on Sunday as he was driving two decorated iron-tipped batons (banderillas) into the beast's shoulders.

"I didn't want to pull out of the move and the bull caught me; that's bullfighting," Mr Galán said from hospital. "It turns out that the goring is quite a clean one and didn't touch anything vital."

He was hoping to return home with his wife last night to recuperate. The couple do not have any children.

Animal rights groups have criticised the battered bullfighter for taking part in the blood sport.

"Banderillero Marco Galán's injuring a testicle in the bullring will undoubtedly have been a painful tragedy for him personally, but the cruel and bloody spectacle of bullfighting is a national tragedy for the reputation of Spain," said Wendy Higgins, the European spokesperson of Humane Society International, an animal rights association.

Spanish assistant bullfighter Marco Galan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
Spanish assistant bullfighter Marco Galan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at the Ventas bullring in Madrid June 7, 2015. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

Mr Galán said: I don't care what they say. Just let people do what they want and enjoy the art of bullfighting and stop criticising something they don't know," he said.

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