Thursday 26 April 2018

Bullfight called off for first time in 35 years after matadors hurt

Spanish bullfighter Antonio Nazare is tossed by a Los Chospes ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain
Spanish bullfighter Antonio Nazare is tossed by a Los Chospes ranch fighting bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain

Fiona Govan

THE goring of three matadors has caused a Madrid bullfight to be suspended for the first time in 35 years.

David Mora was injured when the first bull entered Las Ventas bullring during Tuesday's San Isidro festival.

The 33-year-old torero was tossed on the horns of Deslio, a fighting bull weighing 532kg – just above half a tonne – before being pummelled into the ground by the enraged animal.

Fellow bullfighters used their capes to try to separate the bull from the felled matador, who suffered a foot-long gash in his thigh that severed the femoral vein, along with a four-inch wound to his upper arm.

Minutes later, the evening's second matador, Antonio Nazare (29) was caught on the horns of a second bull, which resulted in "injuries to his right knee with probable ligament damage", the medical team at Las Ventas reported.

Shortly after he was carried from the ring, the third matador, Saul Jimenez Fortes (24) faced the same bull – only to be similarly gored.

The young bullfighter suffered two serious injuries when the horns pierced his thigh and hip.

Spectators in Spain's largest bullring, which regularly sells out its 23,000 seats during the annual San Isidro fiesta, were then told the corrida – as the bullfight is known in Spain – would be called off.

The last time the event was cancelled occurred in the same ring in 1979.

After two hours of surgery and blood transfusions to replace more than three pints of lost blood, Mr Mora was described as being in a "serious but stable" condition.

The injuries suffered by his two fellow bullfighters were described as being less serious. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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