Everton defender Johnny Heitinga admits abuse from fans could drive players away from Twitter.

The Dutchman does enjoy interacting with fans, though concedes the abuse is increasing.

He said: "I don't really care what people say. I'm on Twitter because I want to show a little bit of myself to the supporters. I hope to get respect when I put something on Twitter, and see people react positively. "If the response is only negative, then the time will come when no-one is on Twitter any more. The gap between the fans will become bigger. "At the moment, the gap can become smaller because you can respond to supporters' questions and speak to them. "I can understand the fans were frustrated (after Wigan) but they must realise that the players were frustrated too."