One-eyed Spanish matador gets gored in the eye again

Sunday 16 October 2016 13:15
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A matador who lost an eye after being gored by a bull has been gored in the same eye nearly five years to the day since the first accident.

Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla gestures after being hit by a bull during the El Pilar Feria

Juan Jose Padilla, 43, was rushed to hospital on Saturday after being gored on the left-hand side of his face by a 600kg bull during the Pilar Fair in Zaragoza - the same festival where he lost his eye in 2011.

Local media reports he was not seriously injured and doctors have ruled out any internal injuries.

Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla is hit by a bull during the El Pilar Feria at La Misericord

Padilla wears a patch after his accident five years ago, which made him a national hero but left him partially blind. Now nicknamed 'the Pirate', he told GQ in 2012 that his injuries were just part of bullfighting but had made "no difference" to his performance as a matador.

I have always known, as a Christian, that suffering is a part of glory. I have had many important afternoons with the bulls, many triumphs, and I have suffered many wounds. This is a part of bullfighting; its other face.

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