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Tevez drives City to Cup win

The possibility of jail time seems to have focused Carlos Tevez’s mind beautifully. Out on bail on driving charges, Manchester City’s Argentinian striker scored a hat-trick in City’s 5-0 demolition of Barnsley in the FA Cup quarter-final.

Tevez has to report to Macclefield police station in relation to the charge that he was driving while disqualified. Tevez was banned from driving for six months in January but was stopped by police for speeding in Macclesfield on March 7. The maximum sentence if Tevez is convicted would be six months in jail, with community service or anti-social behaviour orders also possible punishments.

The initial ban stemmed from Tevez failing to provide police with information on alleged speeding incidents, His defence team explained that the player had failed to understand letters from the constabulary. Solicitor Gwyn Lewis told a hearing that "He does understand the word 'police', but not more complicated words. The letters are written from Cheshire constabulary and the word police doesn't appear on it anywhere."

The issue comes after Tevez had appeared to settle down at City after the long stand-off with the club last season. Tevez has been a key player as City attempt to salvage something from a disappointing season, with the FA Cup a real possibility. There has been talk of City offering Tevez a contract extension, although there is still interest from abroad, with Paris St-Germain linked to a move for the striker.

The club will be embarrassed by the possibility of their in-form player facing a possible jail sentence, although his manager Roberto Mancini seemed to see the lighter side. "If it has an effect on him I hope that the police can stop him every day," Mancini said after the Barnsley match. "After this he scored three goals. I hope also next Friday."

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