The Australian initially did not let his Pailan Arrows take to the field in their Fed Cup match against Mumbai FC citing unplayable playing conditions
Papas insisted on not playing the Federation Cup match as he felt his players would get injured on the uneven turf and told his team to abstain from warming up. It was only later that he allowed his troops to take to the field after a call with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) supremos in Delhi requesting him to field the team. The closely contested match ended in a 2-2 draw.
This episode is just another in the list of embarrasing situations for the AIFF, for organizing the prestigious Federation Cup in a woeful and careless manner.
"The ground is really bad. I care more about my players. We don’t want to play the next match,” Papas was quoted saying in his post-match conference.
The game otherwise did not disappoint as Mumbai took the lead in the 12th minute through a good strike from Ndobuisi Opara. Arrows were back on level terms through Dhanpal Ganeshan and the scoreline remained 1-1 at half time.Opara headed Mumbai into the lead in the 62nd minute. However the Arrows showed remarkable courage and equalised through Deepak Devrani in the 78th minute to put an end to an eventuful evening both on and off the pitch