Decathlon Brighton does not allow children under the age of 18 to enter their shops

A SPORTS retailer has discouraged teenagers from shopping unless they have a parent or guardian keeping an eye on them.

Decathlon, which has 47 stores in the UK, said children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by “a parent or legal guardian” in its Sussex stores.

The new rule would mean Albion striker Evan Ferguson, 17, would be turned away at the door of Brighton’s Decathlon should he attempt to retrieve a football.

The Argus: The notice on the door of Decathlon, BrightonThe notice on the door of Decathlon, Brighton

The retailer has a location in North Street, Brighton and another in Crawley, both of which have implemented the measures.

But The Argus understands that people under the age of 18 should still be able to shop on Decathlon on their own if they are looking for a specific item.

Those just browsing must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian — with staff asking their intentions upon entry.

A Decathlon spokesman said: “While we cannot share specific details for each store, some stores have taken temporary measures following a few incidents of anti-social behaviour.

“Stores will not verify that adults are the parents or legal guardians, we only ask that children be accompanied by an adult while we review store policies nationally.

“Every decision made by local business leaders is designed to ensure the safety of our teammates and customers alike.”

The Argus: Decathlon in North Street, BrightonDecathlon in North Street, Brighton

The same strategy was adopted in Glasgow’s Decathlon.

Mum-of-four Vonnie Sandlan, a regular shopper in Glasgow, was shocked to see the announcement.

She told the Glasgow Times: “I honestly couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

“They went to the trouble of printing a company sign, so this is not a rogue employee – this is a demonstration of the company’s beliefs and values.

“It is disappointing to see a major retailer like Decathlon making this decision to discriminate against children and young people.

“The mantra ‘Children should be seen, not heard’ should be a historical artifact.

“It certainly made me reconsider whether Decathlon is a company I want to spend my money on.”

Decathlon locations in busy places in the city, such as B. Brighton North Street, have security in store. Decathlon Brighton does not allow children under the age of 18 to enter their shops

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