Why is this sh*t still a thing? Might as well bring back gladiator fights!
The bullfight, part of the city’s annual festival called the Feria del Angel, was suspended as a result of the tragedy. His death was the first of a matador this century in Spain in a bullring. Two matadors died in the eighties, including the famous Francisco Rivera. Two bandilleros, who plant little flags with barbed points in the top of the bull’s shoulders, were killed in the ring in 1992.
Barrio, who was born in Segovia an hour’s drive north west of Madrid, worked on a golf course before pursuing his dream of becoming a bullfighter. He became a fully qualified bullfighter in 2012.
Fans of the blood sport took to Twitter on Saturday to offer their condolences to his family. One wrote: “I cannot believe it. Victor Barrio has died after being gored in Teruel. My sincerest condolences to his family. He was a great person. Rest in peace.” But Spaniard Isabel Garcia wrote on the matador’s Facebook: “It’s a terrible shame that such a young person has lost his life but if you put yourself in front of a bull to massacre it, the animal will defend itself .”