MICHAEL Duberry says he loves the banter between supporters on Twitter, and believes it’s good for the game.

A number of players have been punished by the Football Association for comments they have made on the social-networking site.

Duberry thinks it is great that the players and fans can interact – and this week it is all about the Oxford and Swindon fans.

“Swindon fans are always saying their bit to me on Twitter, and when Oxford fans talk about Swindon supporters they are always telling me they have six toes and things like that,” he joked.

“There will be banter this week.

“I think Twitter is a good thing to bring players and fans closer together.

“Nowadays with all the high-profile players, especially at the top level, there is a bit of a gap between the fans getting close to players.

“You can’t get into training grounds any more to watch players train, and then at grounds players go straight to their cars and you don’t get to have that interaction any more.

“Obviously you get the odd ones, the idiot that will tweet something stupid, but in general I think it’s a good thing.”

Duberry understands the concerns of clubs and the FA, and says it is important that players use Twitter the right way.

“Clubs are obviously wary about it because players can get themselves in trouble, but everyone is responsible for themselves,” he said.

“The FA are onto it and they want players to interact with fans, but at the same time they are trying to outlaw it – but they can’t have it both ways.

“I am sure the Oxford fans on Twitter will be giving me as good as they get and Swindon fans will be telling me some funny stories, but hopefully after the game on Saturday we will have the victory.”