Enrique Ponce, the bullfighter, has suffered severe goring after his bullfight today went badly wrong.
As he plunged the killing stroke into the bull, the animal with its last strength swiped at him and managed to gore him through the chest with its massive horns.
It appears that the horn entered Ponce’s chest and exited under his left armpit, although he was shaken off the horn when thrown backwards.
Amazingly, and assisted by no-one, Ponce managed to get to his feet and wave at the crowd before loss of blood and shock got him and he collapsed.
Fellow bullfighter Mariano de la Viña pulled him up and supported him as he was dragged to the surgeon. Being carried off by anyone but your closest fighter from the ring is an admission of defeat, a stain that you carry for life, unless you are unconscious – if you can walk, you must.
The crowd went wild as what was left of el maestro de Chiva dragged himself, sustained only by pride, from the ring to the waiting doctors.
The bull was left, of course, to bleed to death in the ring, although Chiva cut both ears.
And a smug knowledge that the next time he limps into a bullring, his blood sport fee has gone even higher.