Fears for England fan who made headlines around the world after flying to Russia but leaving his World Cup tickets at home as family report him missing
- Douglas Moreton from Bristol travelled to Russia to watch the World Cup
- When he turned up at England vs Panama he realised he left ticket at home
- Mr Moreton’s search for a spare ticket made headlines around the world
- He has not been seen since last Friday, and his family has reported him missing
Missing: Douglas Moreton’s family have not heard from him since last Friday when he was due to travel to Moscow
An England fan who travelled to Russia to watch the World Cup, and left his ticket for one of the games at home, has gone missing.
Douglas Moreton made headlines around the world after turning up to watch the England v. Panama game only to realise his ticket was in a drawer back home in Bristol.
His family has now reported him missing and said Mr Moreton has not been seen since last Friday.
Mr Moreton, described as 5ft5in tall, unshaven, and wearing glasses, was last seen in Samara where England played Sweden in the quarter-final.
He had been expected to catch a train back to Moscow, but his family has not heard from him since.
Relatives believe he had made the train journey as his credit card had been used in the Russian capital.
Mr Moreton had made the pilgrimage to Russia for the World Cup, and after realising he had left his England v. Panama ticket behind, he launched an appeal to find a spare.
ITV News editor Dan Howells, who was staying in the same hotel as Douglas at the time, took pity on the football fan and tweeted out an appeal
Unlucky: Despite finding a ticket, Mr Moreton was not able to get back in time to travel to the stadium before the game started
He bumped into ITV News editor Dan Howells who was staying in the same hotel in Nizhny Novgorod, western Russia, who took pity on him and tweeted out an appeal for help.
The journalist tweeted: ‘This is Douglas. He was at our hotel in Volgograd.
‘We’ve just bumped into him in Nizhny Novgorod & he’s realised he’s left his match tickets in the drawer at home in Bristol. If anyone’s got a spare on let me know. ‘
The ITV News editor then managed to find a spare ticket, but Mr Moreton did not get back in time to claim the ticket before kickoff.
A spokesperson for the British Embassy has confirmed it was in touch with the relevant authorities in Russia to try and establish Mr Moreton’s whereabouts.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.