Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay criticized Georgia’s conduct as “disgraceful” following their 2-2 draw in Euro 2024 qualifying.
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Despite McTominay scoring his seventh goal of the campaign in Tbilisi, he expressed disappointment with the hosts’ behavior towards the referee. The match, marked by 32 fouls and six yellow cards, featured confrontations between players in each half.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, McTominay acknowledged Georgia’s talented players but condemned their actions, stating, “The way they were acting was a disgrace in terms of provoking the referee. That’s football, and we have to keep our heads, but it’s difficult.”
Expressing frustration with opponents feigning injuries, McTominay emphasized the need for fair play, stating, “Rolling around, crying like babies all afternoon is not football. We just wanted to get on with the game and do our best, while the other side was provoking the referee a lot.”
Despite the challenges, Scotland, already qualified for Euro 2024, avoided a shock defeat with Lawrence Shankland’s stoppage-time goal, securing a point in their penultimate campaign match. Manager Steve Clarke praised the team’s resilience, stating, “We knew there was going to be extra time because now they have a better handle on time wasted, and it was nice to score in injury time.”