Scott Brown brands Malta player a '˜horrible b*****d' over spitting
The incident happened midway through the second half of Scotland’s 2-0 victory over Malta, with the Maltese centre back appearing to spit at Brown.
Although Borg looked to apologise, Brown was left in no doubt that it had been an intentional act - one which Danish referee Jakob Kehlet seemed to miss.
An incensed Brown added: “[Borg] did spit on me, he is a horrible b*****d.”
Brown managed to avoid retaliating – which could have earned him a booking and a suspension - but he was annoyed by Borg’s antics.
“He put his hand up to apologise but I managed to keep my head. He is a horrible b*****d but the main thing was getting the three points,” said Brown.
“Getting the win was the main thing, it was about the team – not about one person or bookings or anything like that.”
Scotland’s five players who went in to the match one booking away from a suspension - James McArthur, Grant Hanley, Leigh Griffiths, Charlie Mulgrew and Brown - all managed to avoid picking up a yellow card during the match.