There’s awkward and then there’s mid-season guard of honour awkward.
Swansea stood by the long-held tradition to congratulate the Premier League champions with a guard of honour today.
However it quickly turned into the biggest cringefest of the season – even the City players looked especially awkward.
It started with the Swansea players being held in the tunnel while the stadium staff organised how the complex guard of honour was going to take place.
Trust us there were even hand signals directed to Carlos Carvalhal by one staff member outlining exactly what it should look like.
We were already feeling a bit sick at the thought of what was to come and it just got worse.
As the Swansea players took to the field in two lines and assembled on either side of the tunnel, waiting for the champions, we suddenly wondered what the referees were doing.
To our surprise Craig Pawson and his assistants stood at the end of the lines of Swansea players and clapped the City team out.
It definitely seemed over the top at this stage.
While all this is going on the cameras pan to Vincent Kompany who is looking straight down at the ground presumably hoping it will swallow him up.
Out come the City squad to what can only be described as muted applause from their opponents.
Instead of basking in the glory of being crowned champions in April, Kompany and co. strolled head down straight onto the field barely registering the reception.
The City fans were loving it but everyone else just wanted to get underway with the game as soon as possible.
The less guard of honours we have to see the better.