Jaime Ostos, 83, was the victim of a horrific goring in the bullring 50 years ago. However, he shocked readers of Spain's "La Gaceta" newspaper on Wednesday, by removing his trousers to display the damage to his groin.
He even, apparently, told the journalist and photographer to “Shoot as many as you want.”
While the media in Spain has been totally involved in the corruption scandal involving Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy and the court case of former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas, implicating said Rajoy, this business daily newspaper decided to go for a different shock value, with Ostos featured as the biggest news story.
While preferring not to show the full image in this article, it can be viewed here by anyone wishing to see the famous fifty-year-old injury.
From that image, you can see that Ostos really took over the front page, trousers down, baring his scar and just managing to hide his genitalia, while PM Rajoy and Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Secretary General of PSOE (the opposition party), take very much second place with a small feature at the bottom. The blurred out and cropped image below will give you the general idea:
The headline of the story in "La Gaceta" was the rather ominous, “Doctors preferred to sign my death certificate rather than get blood on their hands."
There have been reactions of humor, irony and outrage at the newspaper's choice for a front page feature, which celebrated the anniversary of the famous bullfighter's nasty injury.