When was the last time you heard of the famous singer, Erika Mottola?
Posted On June 16, 2021
By the time the final whistle sounded on a UEFA Europa League game between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in the Europa League quarterfinals in January, it had become a story of international embarrassment.
A number of European nations had banned or restricted the country’s international superstar Erika, who had been on a public tour promoting her latest album.
It had been reported that she had been detained by the Spanish government in an attempt to keep her under control, but the details were never made public.
The Spanish government also banned the singer from entering Spain on tour, in a move that came as a blow to her family in Madrid.
The singer was not allowed to leave the country until the situation was resolved.
The concert had also raised the ire of a number of fans, who protested at the stadium during the match, causing the match to be abandoned.
Erika was later seen in the crowd singing and dancing, but her supporters were not able to see her.
The controversy sparked outrage in the Spanish press, with one of the Spanish newspapers La Vanguardia accusing UEFA of “sticking its nose into our domestic affairs”.
The singer was also called to task for failing to provide any evidence of her involvement in the Atletico match.
Her manager, Mariano Varela, said the decision to ban her from the country had been taken by the authorities, who were concerned about the safety of her children.
“She is a very good singer, but they are afraid of her,” Varel told Spanish newspaper El Pais.
“If she was able to leave Spain and go to other countries, she could be in danger.”
Erika Mótica, EJ Mottolo and the world’s biggest music fans at the UEFA Champions League final in London, 20 June 2019.
The UEFA disciplinary committee, chaired by the UEFA President Michel Platini, has said it is investigating the incident and will consider whether any further action is necessary.
However, there have been no further public statements from UEFA, who have not yet released any statement on the matter.
Erika has not been seen since.
She has been forced to live in a hotel for the next few weeks.
Her agent said she is feeling very ill and has received medical advice.