If you’ve been following the FIFA crisis and thinking “what this saga really needs is a wanted poster with some mugshots,” then consider your wish fulfilled.
Here’s Interpol with a “Red Notice” and pics of Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Alejandro Burzaco, Hugo Jinkis, Mariano Jinkis and Jose Margulies. Print out the poster of these handsome individuals and display it prominently at your nearest stadium.
If you see any of these men walking through a Swiss five-star hotel with a briefcase that looks as if it may be stuffed full of broadcast revenue, DO NOT APPROACH. Retreat to a safe distance and call the Anglo-Saxon media immediately.
Red Notice is basically Euro-bureaucrat cop speak for “WANTED – DEAD OR ALIVE.” Although what with Interpol being a Europe-based, politically-neutral international public safety organization, it in practice doesn’t want anybody dead; not even ethnic minority suspects who are running away from traffic stops, people who look like they might be possibly, maybe, armed, or are simply just acting slightly weird.
More detail about Red Notices from the Interpol press release:
“Red Notices are one of the ways in which INTERPOL informs its member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual by a judicial authority and seeks the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.
“The individuals concerned are wanted by national jurisdictions and INTERPOL’s role is to assist national police forces in identifying or locating those individuals with a view to their arrest and extradition.”
Warner and Leoz, at least, probably aren’t hard to find. Warner is on bail in his native Trinidad and Leoz is reportedly under house arrest in Paraguay. So their inclusion in this list seems a little gratuitous. Still, can’t blame the cops for wanting a piece of the FIFA action.