Scott Brown brands Malta player a '˜horrible b*****d' over spitting

Scott Brown has branded Malta defender Steve Borg a '˜horrible b*****d' - after accusing the defender of spitting at him.

Scott Brown, left, accused Malta defender Steve Borg, right, of spitting at him. Pictures: SNS/Getty Images
Scott Brown, left, accused Malta defender Steve Borg, right, of spitting at him. Pictures: SNS/Getty Images

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.

Scott Brown, left, accused Malta defender Steve Borg, right, of spitting at him. Pictures: SNS/Getty Images

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.

Andy Robertson attempts to ride a tackle from Borg at Hampden last night. Picture: Getty Images

“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.

Scott Brown, left, accused Malta defender Steve Borg, right, of spitting at him. Pictures: SNS/Getty Images
Andy Robertson attempts to ride a tackle from Borg at Hampden last night. Picture: Getty Images