Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has joked that he would be happy for Carlos Tevez to get arrested more often if it meant he kept scoring hat-tricks.
On Thursday evening, Tevez was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified, which carries a maximum punishment of six months in prison. The South American has not been charged and is due back at Macclesfield police station on Tuesday.
On Saturday he scored an excellent hat-trick to send City on their way to a 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final triumph over Barnsley, and Mancini said: "It is his problem. Not ours. But if it has this effect on him I hope the police can stop him every day. After this he scored three goals. I hope next Friday too."
Tevez also created goals for Aleksandar Kolarov and David Silva as City romped to their biggest win of the season.
The former West Ham striker now has 15 goals for the season, and Mancini wants Tevez to stay on the scoring trail.
"It is important that he continues to score because we need his goals in this period of the season, and also for the cup," said Mancini.
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft could have no complaint at the outcome.
His Championship relegation scrappers were outplayed from the first whistle to last and in the end were lucky to get away with not conceding more.
"If they are the second best team in the country, I wouldn't like to have played Manchester United," Flitcroft said. "They were ruthless. They battered us to a pulp at half-time and then come out in the second half and tried to drill us into the floor.
"That left a massive impression on me. It is what champions are about. They wanted to floor us today. They wanted to get seven, eight, nine, 10 goals. At times it was a real slow death."