MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 06: Daniel Howe of the Hawks and Josh Caddy of the Tigers clash during the 2018 AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 06, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Star Richmond forward Josh Caddy has apologised for on-field comments he made during the Tigers’ win over Hawthorn last Thursday night.

On two separate occasions Caddy called Hawks duo James Frawley and Daniel Howe a “spastic”, and has now said sorry for using the derogatory term on the field.

“I’d like to apologise for the way I acted during last Thursday night’s game,” Caddy’s statement on Instagram began.

“I apologise to both James and Daniel for the remark I made and am deeply remorseful to have offended people in the community.

“The insensitive comments were made in the heat of the moment but that is no excuse and I accept that the language over-stepped the mark, was a terrible look, and is totally unacceptable. For that, I am truly sorry.”