FFA’s pre-Season World Cup tournament has now been called off after the final whistle on Friday night, after fans booed the national anthem at the match between Ireland and Fiji.
It is the first time since the inaugural edition in 1986 that the World Cup has been postponed in protest of the national song.
The FA announced it was cancelling the event due to the “violent and disrespectful behaviour” of some supporters during the match.
A spokesman said the decision to cancel the tournament had been taken after a review of the situation.
“Following a review into the events that occurred at the W-League final in Melbourne, the FA has now decided that the WSL is not a viable event for the tournament,” he said.
“The WSL has been suspended until the end of next week.”
This is a difficult decision, but the FA feels it is in the best interests of the WLeague and the game for all to respect the anthem and the national flag and the tradition that the club represents.
“The W-league is not the only game to be affected by the protest, with the Rugby League World Cup postponed for the second time in the last three years after protests over the national colours.
The game between Scotland and Wales will also be postponed for a second time, as is the Super Rugby World Cup.
Earlier this month, a US football team announced that it would not take part in the final match of the Rio Olympics in August, citing the “intolerable” nature of the protesters.