LYON, France – International football star Lionel Messi has joined INTERPOL’s #TurnBackCrime campaign.
The Argentine team captain, FC Barcelona striker and the first footballer ever to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or, has added his voice to INTERPOL’s global campaign to highlight the dangers of organized and other forms of crime and their impact on everyday life.
Together with Argentina’s Minister of Security Sergio Berni, Lionel Messi is backing the INTERPOL campaign encouraging the general public, businesses and governments to play a role in reducing the impact of crime.
“Lionel Messi is known the world over as one of the greatest players of all time and his support for the INTERPOL Turn Back Crime campaign shows his commitment to fair play both on and off the pitch,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble.
“With less than a week before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, Lionel Messi’s backing for the Turn Back Crime campaign is a reminder that no matter who you support, we are all on the same team in fighting crime.
“We hope that his support for the campaign will encourage more people around the world to join us and say, together we can turn back crime,” said the INTERPOL Chief.
Lionel Messi joins film star Jackie Chan, the first Ambassador for the INTERPOL Turn Back Crime campaign to help educate, engage and encourage the public to take action in combating crime.
While many people know that transnational organized crime networks are behind various forms of trafficking such as illicit goods, fake medicines, drugs, arms and even people, they are often unaware of the links with other seemingly unrelated and varied crimes.
Environmental crime, counterfeiting, cybercrime, kidnapping, fraud, crimes against children and corruption in sport are in fact often interconnected, with profits from one crime area used to fund another.
INTERPOL also wants to draw on the creativity and innovative spirit of the public, especially its youth, to express their views on how together we can Turn Back Crime.
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