Alan Quinlan's hopes of touring with the British and Irish Lions are in doubt after he was caught on camera apparently eye-gouging Leinster captain Leo Cullen in Saturday's Heineken Cup semi-final.
Quinlan, the veteran Munster flanker, was a surprise inclusion in Ian McGeechan's 37-man squad and now faces an anxious wait to see whether the independent citing officer takes any action.
"Quinny isn't that type of guy," said Lions skipper Paul O'Connell.
"He is a tough player. It is the one thing he hasn't got in his record book. If it looked bad, I am sure there was nothing in it."
After watching his side book their first Heineken Cup final appearance with a 25-6 victory, Leinster coach Michael Cheika added: "Quinlan is a good operator and a good guy and I have a lot of respect for him.
"He is a hard guy. That is the battle. Between Munster and Leinster it is a war and you have to be as aggressive as you possibly can. I can't see him doing it."
Leinster won the game with tries from Gordon D'Arcy, Luke Fitzgerald and man-of-the-match Brian O'Driscoll but the victory was founded on an aggressive defensive performance.
Munster came into the game as odds-on favourites but were battered into submission and Leinster will head to Murrayfield on May 23 to face either Cardiff Blues or Leicester.
"We stayed composed at the right times and defensively we were up to the task," said Cheika.
"It is exciting we have got an opportunity to play in the Heineken Cup final."