Referee Alikoyakka: The Unsung Hero Of Kerala Sevens
Who might be the most booed in the history of All-India Sevens Football? Without a doubt, no name other than that of All India Sevens Football referee “Alikoyaka” could possibly come to mind. It was not like stroking squeals but knee-jerk thuds like peach knife stabs. Out of thousands around, a single man was virtually slaughtered in the middle. Holding the whistle on the field is not a small feat. There will always be fourteen warmed, stinging giants running around him. The organisers will trundle their eyes and wait for impending doom. His bearing on the field was almost paradoxical: though slouching in a seemingly lethargic fashion, his movement seemed more like a roving shuttle. It did not take place in a single day. It took decades.