Re: 2012-2013 Discussion Thread for La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, etc
It wasn't a continuous obstruction. It was one obstruction, the outstretched arm. Malouda hit the arm while his feet were outside the box. If I get kicked just outside the box (again, singular obstruction), lose my balance but hobble into the box before falling over, it doesn't make it a penalty. However if there is a continuous shirt pull that starts outside the area, but the attacker continues into the box, all the while being pulled, then once in the box he could go down and it would be a penalty. So there you go.
You just need to watch the game clearly without listening to the racist undercurrent of Andy Gray and you might watch the game with an untainted view.