23 Mar, 2011 @ 12:20
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Ole! Female bullfighter Mari Paz Vega fights to return to Malaga

SHE is said to be the best female bullfighter in the world.

Yet, due to discrimination, Mari Paz Vega is having to fight to be included on the bill of her home town of Malaga’s feria.

Now, political bosses have been forced to step in to insist that she be given a chance to dazzle at her local festival.

It comes after a recent triumph in Mexico city, that saw her carried out of the bullring on the crowd’s shoulders.

Last year however, she was omitted from the carnival because no other bullfighters were prepared to fight with her.

Now Malaga province chief Salvador Pendon is leading a campaign to get her reinstated on this year’s bill.

“If we are presented with a list that doesn’t include her we will overrule the posters,” he said. “This discrimination is totally unacceptable these days.”

Mari Paz – who became a matador in 1997 aged 22 – has gone on to forge a name for herself in South America.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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  1. LoopyLou, I was kicked out of a 4th grade Spanish class for voicing my opinion of the corrida. Many years, and reading James A. Michener’s “Mexico” have given me a new perspective of the sport, and it’s connection to the Latin concepts of life, death and honor.

  2. Aficianada,
    you need to go back to school and study the ethnicity of the Spanish and Mexicans.

    About 1-2% of the Spanish have any Latin/Roman blood and that came from rape of the indigenous peoples who were Celts/Morinos and Euskadi – yes I know they can’t handle that stone cold fact and go straight into denial syndrome.

    The Mexicans have even less – fractions of one per cent and again that by rape from the Spanish conquistadores.

    The only appreciable Latin DNA input is from Italians in Argentina.

    It always makes me laugh when I see the phrase – Latin America.

    Tell a Spaniard that between 17 -19% of all Spanish are of Jewish blood and another 30% are of Arab blood and watch the reaction – total denial syndrome, which of course is crazy because the Semitic peoples are responsible for so much creativity on this planet unlike the Goth/Visigoth/Swabian savages from the Steppes.

    Brainwashing by the Roman mafia – surely not.

  3. I am becoming a fan of bullfighting and I am amazed at the courage, especially of women bullfighters. Is there any type of victory pose the female bullfighter does on the bull at the end after she kills the bull for the fans?

  4. Shame on you Glenn. A fan of cold-blooded torture of an innocent and terrified animal by a well-armed group of people? Don’t you have anything better to do with your time?

  5. @ vanessa anderson;
    Are you a meat eater? Then you too are guilty of “cold-blooded torture of innocent and terrified animal.” A 1500 pound bull with horns is not unarmed. They too are trained and there’s a 50% chance they will prevail the victor. Man and beast have since the beginning of time have been at each other, but man has logic which is all that divides us from them. Grow up and accept live for what it is, cruel, not what you would like it to be.

  6. @ Vanessa Anderson: No, what I meant is that I am actually not a big fan. I just have never seen a female bull fighter. And my question is, is that are there anytype of victoryposes the female does on the bull after she kills it? Such as in a female fighter or boxing match. The female always does this type of pose with her foot on the loser’s chest or face and raises her arm up in the air. I just wondered if the female does that same pose on the bull after she wins. Thank you.

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