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article imageSpanish bullfighter gored by the bull is in 'critical condition'

By Igor I. Solar     May 21, 2010 in World
Madrid - The Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio was severely gored by the bull in the bullring of Las Ventas, Madrid. Aparicio received a bull-horn through the neck and is in serious condition. provides the graphic video (viewer discretion).
The bullfighter Julio Aparicio Díaz, from Seville, was gored today by the first bull of the afternoon, in a shocking scene followed by thousands of people attending the Corrida de la Feria de San Isidro, at the Las Ventas Bullring in Madrid. La Feria de San Isidro is the most important event of the year in the world of bullfighting.
(See the video above for the graphic attack)
The bull, named Opíparo, gored the matador and stuck a horn through his neck. The horn pierced the jaw and went out through the mouth of the torero (bullfighter), a disturbing image that was captured live by photographers and cameramen. (For pictures/video see El País, in Spanish)
The bullfighter was transferred from the operating room of Las Ventas Bullring to a hospital in Madrid and, according to doctors, his condition is "very serious".
Aparicio, 41, is the son of a famous bullfighter of the same name, and grandson of Julián Aparicio, who was also involved in bullfighting, however not as a matador.
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Madrid). The arena of Las Ventas  one of the world s widest rings  is ...
Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas (Madrid). The arena of Las Ventas, one of the world's widest rings, is about 65 meters in diameter.
Las Ventas is the most famous bullring in Madrid. It has a seating capacity of 25,000 and is regarded as the home of bullfighting in Spain. Bullfighting is practiced in Spain, Portugal, in certain areas of southern France and some countries in Latin América (Perú, Colombia). The spectacle is widely criticized by animal rights activists who consider it as a cruel or barbaric sport, in which the bull suffers severe stress and a slow, painful death. Supporters of the activity, however, defend it as a deeply ingrained tradition that is an integral part of their national culture. At a regular bullfight event 6 bull are killed, 2 of them, by sword.
Bullring (Plaza de Toros) Las Ventas  Madrid. View from Alcalá Street.
Bullring (Plaza de Toros) Las Ventas, Madrid. View from Alcalá Street.
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