Spanish bullfighter in hospital after being gored in groin

Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez is caught by first bull of the evening during the bullfighting held of Feria San Lorenzo in Huesca, Spain on Aug 10, 2015.
Spanish bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez is caught by first bull of the evening during the bullfighting held of Feria San Lorenzo in Huesca, Spain on Aug 10, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (AFP) - A prominent Spanish bullfighter was in serious but stable condition in hospital after being gored in the groin by a bull, the government of the northeastern Aragon region said Tuesday.

Francisco "Paquirri" Rivera Ordonez suffered the injury while fighting the bull in the town of Huesca and was in intensive care.

The bull's horn sank some 25cm into Paquirri's groin but did not threaten any vital organs, doctors said.

Television footage showed the bull hoisting Paquirri into the air for a few seconds on one of his horns.

His father, of the same name, was gored to death, in Andalusia in 1984.

His grandfather was Antonio Ordonez, considered one of the greatest bullfighters of all time.

On Sunday, a Spanish man died after being gored in the neck while using his cell phone to film a bull run through the streets of Villaseca de la Sagra, central Spain.