ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico high school sports governing board says unruly fans creating problems in football, cheerleading and basketball are threatening the future of soccer.

The Albuquerque Journal reports New Mexico Activities Association recently announced that soccer games are being canceled and the sport is losing officials due to parental behavior.

New Mexico Activities Association Executive Director Sally Marquez described the situation as a "crisis" in a letter to coaches and athletic directors

She says the cussing, screaming and threats have to stop.

The governing board said in April it was considering canceling next year's cheerleading State Spirit Competition following death threats and inflammatory social media posts.

Earlier this year, the association warned Estancia High School over rowdy basketball fans. Carlsbad High imposed crowd restrictions after improper behavior from student fans.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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