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Spanish Royal Family mourn bullfighter gored to death

The Spanish Royal Family have led tributes to a bullfighter who was gored to death by a bull after he tripped over his cape.

Ivan Fandiño was impaled by the bull’s horns during a fight in France.

In a tweet, King Felipe and The Royal Family said: “Our sense homage and our memory for Ivan Fandiño, great figure of the bullfighting.”

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also paid tribute, saying Mr Fandiño’s death is “sad news.”

The 36-year-old died in hospital on Saturday after being gored in the ribs by a bull at the Aire-sur-l’Adour bullfighting festival.

It is thought that he had a heart attack in the ambulance on his way to the hospital and later pronounced dead.

He had previously won a fight against the bull and cut the animal’s ear off. During the second fight, the bull came out one better.

The centuries-old tradition is extremely controversial, and there are calls from within Spain and the wider world for the sport to be banned.

In 2010, the devolved Catalan government voted for the sport to be banned from the region. However, Spain’s Supreme Court overruled that judgment, saying that it was part of Spain’s cultural heritage.

In a statement, the Humane Society International said that the death of Fandiño is a “tragedy,” but added: “For the 1,000 bulls brutally killed in French bullfights every year, every single fight is a tragedy in which they have no chance of escaping a protracted and painful death.

“Bloodsports like this should be consigned to the history books,” it said. “No one should lose their life for entertainment, human or animal.”

Last year, Spanish bullfighter Victor Barrio was killed at the age of 29 after being gored in Teruel. He was the first Spanish matador to die in the arena since 1992.

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