Laredo, Texas — (CNN) An online forum where women’s soccer and volleyball players could meet was shut down Thursday by its administrators after they said they were unable to keep it online.
The Michigan Women’s Soccer and Volleyball Forum (MWFS) was a place where women could gather to discuss topics related to sports, and share information about training, equipment and how to play, according to a news release.
The site was also used for “training, education and communication,” the release stated.
The announcement came hours after a complaint was filed by a Laredos mother, who said the site was unsafe for women.
The website had become an online community where people shared information about what to do if they were attacked or hurt in an accident, said Laredoes police chief Michael Smith.
The site’s administrators said they found out the site would be shut down after the site’s moderators discovered the issue and removed the offending content.
“It’s disappointing and disappointing that the community of people who visit the site are going to lose access to it,” Smith said.
“We are very disappointed that this forum has become a place for the public to discuss the dangers of a sport that has been around for decades.”
The decision comes after the Michigan Department of Community Affairs and Development said it was terminating the site due to its “serious” problems.
The decision was announced at a meeting Wednesday afternoon.
The WMFS had been hosting an annual women’s tournament in which participants were encouraged to talk about issues and share experiences.
The tournament has since grown to include a men’s tournament.
The decision to close the forum comes after a group of men’s soccer players took to social media to complain about the WMFS.
They posted videos and photos on the forum and wrote, “I think this is the first time in the history of the WMF, where I am going to see the end of our women’s community, and it has never been worse.”
The women’s basketball forum also went dark.
The MMWFS was created in 2013 and has been running since then.
The forum was designed to allow women to share their experiences of injury and trauma and to share ideas about playing, the announcement stated.