|Madrid bullfight suspended after three matadors hurt
Half-tonne fighting bulls skewered or trampled all three matadors in an extraordinary upset at Madrid's prestigious Las Ventas bullring, forcing the entire spectacle to be cancelled.
For the first time in 35 years, the San Isidro festival, which opens the bull-fighting season in Spain, had to be suspended on Tuesday evening because all the matadors had been injured.
"Drama in Las Ventas'' ran the front page headline of conservative daily ABC over a full-page photograph of a huge bull plunging its right horn into the side of the most seriously injured matador, David Mora, before he fell to the ground.
Spanish media devoted broad coverage to the bloody turning of the tables in Las Ventas, reputed to be the most important bullring in the world.
"The festival had to be suspended .. because of the gorings suffered by the three matadors,'' said a statement issued by the Las Ventas bullring.
"In the 68-year history of San Isidro, two bullfights have been suspended for gorings of matadors, both in 1979,'' it said.
The first bull on the program, a black, 532-kilogramme animal named Deslio, knocked over Mora during a pass as his yellow-and-pink cape swirled in the wind. --AFP