Cameron Munster has been slapped with a charge after kicking out at Liam Martin during Queensland's demoralising 50-6 loss to New South Wales during last night's State of Origin.
Queensland five-eighth Munster has avoided a suspension but was handed a fine for his actions - an act that was described as "grubby" by Blues fans on social media.
With just under 15 minutes gone in the second half, New South Wales debutant Martin chased down Munster to put pressure on his kick.
But as the ball left Munster's boot, Martin held on for a tad too long when making the contact - well, at least in the misfiring Queensland star's eyes.
Munster clearly took exception to the challenge and kicked Martin while he was still grounded.
The act went unpunished at the time by match referees, although Munster has now copped a fine in the region of $1,500 unless he puts forward an early guilty plea.
Speaking after the game, Munster insisted there was "no malice" and offered an apology to Martin.
"I obviously didn't like what he done and he got under my skin and being the competitive person that I am [I did that], it wasn't a full kick or anything like that, there was no malice in it whatsoever," he said.
"Look I will leave that to the judiciary and see if they feel it was necessary. I am a very competitive person and yeah he got under my skin but in no way or form or shape did I want to go out there and hurt him.
"You can tell there was no full swing, it was more me trying to get him off me. To be completely honest I didn't really think there was too much malice in it.
"I came off the field and some of the boys and some of the coaches were talking to me about it and I didn't really remember it to be honest.
"If it doesn't look too good but I know deep down I didn't try to fully kick him. If I fully tried kicking him I can assure you he would've been on the floor.
"I'm sure anyone would be on the floor if anyone tried to full swing kick you and he got back, he was all over me and I just wanted to get him off me. I was frustrated with my kick. I wouldn't say I lashed out but I was trying to get him off me.
"If Liam is listening then I'm sorry if he thinks there's any malice in it."
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