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Rob Pomfret, who claims he is currently travelling in the Balkans, made it to the Albanian capital, Tirana, just ahead of kick-off. Bars and restaurants are open in the country, meaning that he will likely be able to watch nearby.
This has split opinion amongst fans, with some pointing out that Pomfret could be in danger of a £5,000 fine for breaking coronavirus restrictions - that include no foreign travel for tourism.
:airplane: A flight to North Macedonia and an 8 hour bus to Tirana@RobPomfret finally made it to Albania for the match this evening :clap::clap::clap:- England Football Fans (@EnglidsAway) March 28, 2021
Have a good one, Rob :flag_black::flag_black::flag_black: pic.twitter.com/Yc1xi4HlDF
However, Pomfret says that he left before that rule came in, and has been travelling around the area for some time.
While bars and restaurants are open in the country, there are no fans at the stadium itself. The Albanian FA asked the government if up to 6,500 vaccinated supporters could attend the match, but were turned down.
Look I'm travelling in the Balkans, and I had to opportunity to come to Albania which coincided with the game! I left before the 5k fine etc, just enjoying my travels that is all! Sorry if anyone was offended was just sharing my story and it's amazing here:flag_black::smiley:- Rob Pomfret:flag_black: (@RobPomfret) March 28, 2021
Policing worries had also put the game in doubt before finally being solved on the eve of the fixture.
Supporters were split on Pomret's actions, with some backing him for making the most of a difficult situation, and others mentioning that the trip may end up costing him a lot more than expected if he is fined.
Not sure why everyone is coating him off? We've been locked down for over a year now, if the bloke wants to go on holiday to watch football let him do so. https://t.co/Y4ppPscehB- Cally (@cfccally) March 28, 2021
Up the 5k fines- Beech (@:house_with_garden:) (@beechishere) March 28, 2021
5 grand fine :joy:- Dan Revell (@revell_dan) March 28, 2021
Don't listen to them pal, have a laugh about it and get another beer down ya. Enjoy- Dan (@DjG1894) March 28, 2021
Good on you mate. Some people just can't bear seeing others enjoying themselves. Have a good one. :flag_black:- Jay Shaw (@JayShaw180) March 28, 2021
enjoy Rob and ignore the haters jealousy is a powerful emotion :raised_hands:- Ian (@jiff1967) March 28, 2021
That post has so many people on stringsPure jealousy mate! Enjoy your travels :thumbsup:- adam farmer (@adamfarmer98) March 28, 2021
What do you think? Are his detractors right, or are they just jealous?
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